- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The BBC apologized Wednesday after reporter Ahmen Khawaja erroneously tweeted that Queen Elizabeth had died.

After tweeting that the Queen was being treated at a hospital, Ms. Khawaja, a reporter working for the BBC’s Urdu-language service, tweeted: “‘Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died’: @BBCWorld.”

But it turns out the Queen, 89, was at the hospital for a standard, pre-scheduled checkup and is back to carrying out public engagements, Buckingham Palace confirmed.

“False alarm to Queen’s death! She is being treated at Kind Edward 7th hospital. Statement due shortly,” Ms. Khawaja later tweeted.

“False alarm: Have deleted previous tweets!!” she added.

It is not clear exactly how the mistake happened, but the BBC said it was staging an internal drill on Wednesday to examine its readiness for the queen’s death, a routine event staged by many newsrooms, NBC News reported.

In a statement, the BBC apologized for the error.

“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 apologise for any offence,” the statement said.

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