The BBC was once forced to apologise for sparking an online storm on Twitter that the Queen had died.

Rogue tweets were sent out during a corporation dress rehearsal for reporting the death of the Monarch back in 2015.

One tweet stated: “Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died.”

Buckingham Palace was even forced to issue a statement to reassure the public that the Queen was alive and in good health.

The shocking incident occurred during a dress rehearsal for broadcasting the Queen's obituary which BBC bosses had allegedly asked staff to keep off social media.

A tweet from the account of Ahmen Khawaja, a BBC broadcast journalist, was sent out saying: "BREAKING: Queen Elizabeth is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital in London. Statement due shortly: @BBCWorld."

It was then followed by the tweet wrongly stating that Her Majesty was dead.

And then just minutes later, she tweeted: "False alarm to Queen’s death! She is being treated at King Edward 7th Hospital."

In an unfortunate coincidence, the Queen did actually attend a routine annual appointment at the hospital that morning.

A Palace spokesman said:"I can confirm that the Queen this morning attended her annual medical check-up at the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London.

"This was a routine, pre-scheduled appointment, the Queen has now left hospital."

Ms Khawaja then tried to cover her mistake by suggesting that her phone had been hacked.

The tweet read: "phone left unattended at home. Silly prank, Apologies for upsetting anyone!"

The BBC then seemed to get into confused as it started to contradict her explanations and strongly denied the fact that any tweets had been sent saying the Queen had died.

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In a statement a spokesperson said: "During a technical rehearsal for an obituary, tweets were mistakenly sent from the account of a BBC journalist saying that a member of the royal family had been taken ill.

"The tweets were swiftly deleted and we apologise for any offence."

A spokeswoman insisted that there was no evidence to suggest that a tweet had been sent which said the Queen had died.

"I do not think any tweet was sent from this account that said the Queen had died," she said.

But a screen grab that showed the tweet was published on the NBC News website.

The BBC continued to refuse to give any details of how the error came to be or whether Ms Khawaja was in the same building as the corporation's routine dress rehearsal.

Some BBC staff reportedly speculated that Ms Khawaja may have overheard part of the rehearsal and quickly jumped to the conclusion that it was a real report and tweeted it out.

The mistake led a lot of people to believe the Queen really had

"May God be with her," one Twitter user said at the time.

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