Queen Elizabeth II Seen for the First Time Since Death Hoax

Take a bow: Queen Elizabeth II proved she’s alive and well during her first appearance since testing positive for coronavirus—and since that rumor spread the 95-year-old had died.

By Elyse Dupre Mar 01, 2022 5:44 PMTags
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No need to royally panic.

Nearly two weeks after testing positive for coronavirus—and being the victim of a viral death hoaxQueen Elizabeth II held not one but two virtual meetings with foreign ambassadors on March 1.

Dressed in a bright green dress and a pearl necklace, Her Majesty spoke with Carles Jordana Madero, ambassador from Andorra, and Kedella Younous Hamidi, ambassador from Chad.

Just last week, the monarch had canceled her engagements, with a Buckingham Palace spokesperson explaining that she was "still experiencing mild cold like symptoms."

Which aren't as bad as the world—or a handful of people on the Internet—thinking you had died. On Feb. 22, Hollywood Unlocked claimed the Queen had died at the age of 95. And though a senior royal source told NBC News she was very much alive, the website's founder and CEO stood by his reporting.

"Regarding the Queen Elizabeth story…" Jason Lee, who told Buzzfeed News he heard the news from a guest at the wedding of British Vogue editor in chief Edward Enninful, wrote on Instagram. "1. I've never lied. 2. I've never been wrong. 3. I trust my sources. 4. I have yet to see an official statement from the palace saying otherwise. 5. I'll be at the Donda concert tonight with YE."

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Ultimately, Hollywood Unlocked apologized for its inaccurate report—"Our deepest apologies goes out to the #RoyalFamily and all involved in this embarrassing situation," read a since-deleted tweet—as did Lee.


 "Although I've never been wrong when breaking a story because this involves The Queen this is one time I would want to be," Lee wrote on Hollywood Unlocked, later adding, "I can say my sources got this wrong and I sincerely apologize to The Queen and the Royal Family."

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