Rumours of Queen Elizabeth’s death was recently shot down by officials.
Report suggests that a screenshot of a WhatsApp message kicked off a frenzy on Twitter over the weekend, with claims Queen Elizabeth II had died of a heart attack.
The news was attributed to a mysterious man named ‘Gibbo’.
Taking to Twitter to calm the masses, Charlie Proctor, the Editor-in-chief of Royal Central, said this was becoming an annual event.
“I see we have reached that time of year where I have to dispel rumours of HM’s passing,” Proctor wrote.
“The Queen is not dead. She is alive and well and is very much looking forward to hosting President Trump and other world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday for the NATO reception.”
The news made ‘Gibbo’ a trending topic, with hundreds of thousands of Tweets posted within minutes of the ‘news’.
The 93-year-old monarch has scaled back her duties in recent years, with Charles, who will succeed her, taking on more responsibility.
The Queen and viral hoaxes
This is not the first time there have been rumors of the Queen’s death.
In January another online rumor claimed the Queen was going to die but she was then seen attending church shortly afterwards, dismissing any claims.
It is said that shortly after the latest rumor was posted, the Queen began trending on Twitter in the UK, with 135 000 tweets posted in the space of an hour of the group chat being leaked.
The longest-reigning monarch
At the age of 93, Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch.
Prince Charles, also known as the Prince of Wales will become King following the Queen’s death and will address the nation the evening of her passing.
The Duchess of Cornwall will then become Queen Camilla.
If Prince Charles chooses to keep his own name (royals can choose another upon ascending to the throne) he will be known as King Charles III.
It is believed that Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, will then become the Prince of Wales.
The Queen actually released a statement on 30 November commenting on the recent London Bridge stabbing saying she is saddened to hear about the news.
“Prince Philip and I have been saddened to hear of the terror attacks at London Bridge. We send our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones and who have been affected by yesterday’s terrible violence. I express my enduring thanks to the police and emergency services, as well as the brave individuals who put their own lives at risk to selflessly help and protect others.”