BBC correspondent falsely claims Queen has died

A BBC correspondent sent waves of panic across social media after mistakenly tweeting that the Queen had died on Thursday morning after Buckingham Palace raised concerns about Her Majesty’s health.

The since-deleted tweet, posted around 3pm local time by BBC presenter Yalda Hakim, according to the Mirror, had incorrectly stated: “BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96. Buckingham Palace has announced this.”

This false announcement coincided with a BBC report saying there would be a new update on Queen Elizabeth II, 96, at 3pm local time (10am Eastern Time) – leading many royal-loving Twitter users to believe that the worst had happened.

The British news outlet has since confirmed the update was a “false alarm,” while Hakim apologized in a follow-up tweet backing up to her comment.

“I tweeted that there had been an announcement of the Queen’s death,” wrote the channel, which hosts BBC World News Impact with Yalda Hakim. “That was wrong, there was no announcement and that’s why I deleted the tweet. I apologize.”

BBC correspondent/presenter Yalda Hakim speaks during a breakfast sponsored by BBC World News during the 2014 Winter Television Critics Association Tour at the Langham Hotel January 9, 2014 in Pasadena, California.
BBC correspondent/presenter Yalda Hakim speaks during a breakfast sponsored by BBC World News during the Winter Television Critics Association 2014 tour.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives for a reception line and state banquet with German President Joachim Gauck at the Bellevue Presidential Palace in Berlin June 24, 2015.
The British royal family rushed to see Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday after Buckingham Police admitted the monarch’s doctors were concerned about her condition.
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Twitter was quick to anger Hakim over the premature report. “How can you tweet that there has been an announcement when there hasn’t been an announcement?” stuttered one critic. “Should be ashamed.”

“Not important to be the ‘first'” criticized another.

The epic gun-jumping comes as Britain’s royal family rushed to see Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday after Buckingham Police admitted the monarch’s doctors were concerned about her condition.

“Following further examinations this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned about Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision,” the palace said in an update.

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Emma Bowman

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