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Queen Elizabeth II smiles on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday April 21, 2018, for a concert to celebrate her 92nd birthday. (David Mirzoeff/Pool via AP) Queen Elizabeth II smiles on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday April 21, 2018, for a concert to celebrate her 92nd birthday. (David Mirzoeff/Pool via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II smiles on stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Saturday April 21, 2018, for a concert to celebrate her 92nd birthday. (David Mirzoeff/Pool via AP)

Allison Graves
By Allison Graves May 10, 2018

No, Queen Elizabeth II is not dead. That's a hoax

A Facebook hoax said Queen Elizabeth II is dead at the age of 94 — going so far as to say that her alleged last words were "don’t trust Donald Trump."

"BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth II Dead At 94," said a May 9 headline by The Liberty Raise. The story appears to be copied from The Daily World Update, a website that purports to be satire.

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The story claimed that the queen died of a stroke in her home in Windsor. According to the story, the queen was awake throughout the stroke and managed to give some parting advice: "Don’t trust Donald Trump."


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There is no truth to this headline or story. First off, the queen is 92 years old, not 94. But more importantly, the queen is not dead. 

If the queen had died, it would be reported by legitimate news outlets, like the BBC or the Guardian. And there would likely be a post about it in press releases of the official website of the British Royal family (which is teeming with news about the birth of Prince Louis and the impending nuptials of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry).

In reality, on the same day this hoax published, the queen was actually at the Royal Windsor Horse Show where she was pictured smiling.

When the queen does pass away, it will be the "most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years," according to Business Insider.

"For at least 12 days — between her passing, the funeral and beyond — Britain will grind to a halt," the article said. "It'll cost the British economy billions in lost earnings."

There was one recent death in the royal family: the queen’s dog, Willow. Willow, the 14-year old corgi was put down in April following a battle with cancer. Willow’s death was particularly significant, as it was the last in a long line of royal corgis.

We rate the story about the queen being dead Pants on Fire!

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"BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth II Dead At 94"
in a Facebook post
Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Our Sources

CNN, Last in Queen Elizabeth II's line of corgis dies, says British press, April 18, 2018

The Liberty Raise, BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth II Dead At 94, May 9, 2018

Business Insider, The death of Queen Elizabeth will be the most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years, March 6, 2015

Time, Queen Elizabeth Is Out Here Living Her Best Life at a Horse Show,  May 9, 2018

 

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