Imagine that you’re Queen Elizabeth II checking Twitter over breakfast and you see the news that, oh dear, you have died. The BBC has apologized for sending out such an errant tweet on Wednesday.
Here’s how it happened.
A reporter working for the BBC's Urdu-language service posted on Twitter that the 89-year-old queen had been hospitalized, according to NBC News.
Then a second tweet announced: “Queen Elizabrth (sic) has died.”
The erroneous tweet was quickly deleted, but not before a few other news outlets, including CNN Newsource and German newspaper Bild, picked up the news, NBC reports.
A BBC spokesperson issued an apology.
“During a technical rehearsal for an obituary, tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist saying that a member of the royal family had been taken ill. The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologize for any offense,” the statement said.
Buckingham Palace was quick to assure everyone that the queen is fine. But rather ironically, the queen actually was at the hospital on Wednesday.
“I can confirm that the Queen this morning attended her annual medical checkup at the King Edward VII hospital in London,” a statement from a palace official said.
“This was a routine pre-scheduled appointment. The Queen has now left hospital and carries on with her engagements today.”
So happy to hear it.