The Queen is not dead – Sick WhatsApp hoax claims Her Majesty died of ‘heart attack’ but she is pictured alive and well

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A SICK hoax sparked royal panic after a message on a fake WhatsApp group claimed the Queen had died of a “heart attack”.

The distasteful prank, said to be from a group chat of the Queen’s guards, claimed the Queen had died of a “heart attack” – but she was pictured alive and well today.

The Queen was seen leaving Windsor Castle today

The group chat, which was shared thousands of times, went viral on Twitter last night and #queendead started trending.

In the chat, an individual nicknamed ‘Gibbo’ forwarded a message which claimed the Queen had died from a heart attack on Sunday morning and her death would be announced at 9.30am today.

Charlie Proctor, the editor-in-chief of the news website Royal Central, was quick to dismiss the “vicious rumours” – and the Queen was spotted leaving Windsor Castle this afternoon.

He said: “Vicious rumours claiming that The Queen died on Sunday morning are being shared on social media.

“In this latest ‘fake news’ pandemic, an anonymous account claimed that the 93-year-old monarch died on Sunday morning, with a media blackout being in place until Monday morning.

“In actual fact, Her Majesty is enjoying a good night of sleep in anticipation of her next big engagement on Tuesday where she will host President Trump and other world leaders at Buckingham Palace for a NATO reception.”

This is not the first time rumours have spread about the Queen’s death which have turned out to be false.

In 2016, the #mediablackout and a fake BBC Twitter profile, helped spark the conspiracy that she had died.

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