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Queen Elizabeth II “died peacefully” at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, U.K. on Sept. 8, according to officials from the royal family.
There’s no evidence that the queen has been anywhere near Detroit in years.
The United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II died on Sept. 8, spurring social media rumors about what caused the 96-year-old’s death.
One of the more outlandish posts claimed the queen died by violence in the United States.
"Queen Elizabeth shot dead in Detroit," read an image shared on Instagram on Sept. 8. The post also features a "Rap TV" logo.
The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
(Screenshot from Instagram.)
It is unclear whether this particular image was shared as a joke — perhaps as one of many memes of the queen — but the claim is inaccurate.
The royal family’s official account announced Sept. 8 that Elizabeth had "died peacefully at Balmoral" that afternoon. Just hours earlier, officials for the royal family had said that the queen was under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, the monarch’s summer home in Scotland.
The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) September 8, 2022
The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/VfxpXro22W
During a 1959 trip to Canada and the United States the queen explored the Detroit River, some of the Great Lakes and passed under the Mackinac Bridge on the royal yacht Britannia.
The State Department has no record of Elizabeth visiting the U.S. since a state visit to commemorate the English settlement in Jamestown, Virginia, on its 400th anniversary in 2007.
An image shared on Instagram claimed that Queen Elizabeth II was "shot dead in Detroit."
She died peacefully in Scotland on Sept. 8, according to officials from the royal family. There’s no evidence that the queen has been anywhere near Detroit in years.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
Instagram post, Sept. 8, 2022
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