Buckingham Palace Gives Update On Queen Elizabeth's Health After Death Hoax Circulates

The palace refused to comment on the false claim, but did give an update on the queen's health Wednesday.
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Buckingham Palace announced the queen had a positive COVID-19 test this week, which led her to cancel virtual engagements, though it said she held her weekly phone call with the prime minister on Wednesday.
Buckingham Palace announced the queen had a positive COVID-19 test this week, which led her to cancel virtual engagements, though it said she held her weekly phone call with the prime minister on Wednesday.
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Buckingham Palace has released another update regarding Queen Elizabeth’s health.

The palace said Wednesday that the queen, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, held her weekly telephone audience with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The news of the queen’s call followed the U.S. blog Hollywood Unlocked’s false “exclusive” claim Tuesday that Queen Elizabeth had died, which quickly circulated on social media and beyond.

The false claim, made on the site’s Instagram page, has yet to be taken down. It now contains an Instagram “false information” flag that appears before you can click into the post.

HuffPost reached out to Buckingham Palace on Wednesday to see if it had any response to the report. Though the palace did not respond, its update regarding the queen’s call says it all.

The queen’s positive COVID-19 test came just days after her son, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also tested positive. The statement from the palace over the weekend said the queen was “experiencing mild cold like symptoms but expects to continue light duties at Windsor over the coming week.”

The queen canceled virtual engagements on Tuesday, as the palace said she was “still experiencing mild cold-like symptoms,” but would still “continue with light duties.”

The latest news about the queen’s health comes after questions were raised in October, when the sovereign canceled a planned engagement to Northern Ireland the day of the trip.

The queen is pictured at Royal Ascot at the Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2019, in Ascot, England.
The queen is pictured at Royal Ascot at the Ascot Racecourse on June 22, 2019, in Ascot, England.
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Buckingham Palace said at the time that the queen had “reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days.”

The Sun later published a piece on the monarch’s hospitalization, prompting the palace to confirm her hospital stay for “preliminary investigations.”

The queen held a virtual appointment the following week, though she canceled an in-person appearance at the United Nations climate change conference, COP20.

In late October, the palace released another statement on Queen Elizabeth’s health, saying that she was intent in making an in-person appearance at the National Service of Remembrance on Nov. 14.

The queen was unable to attend the service, though, missing it due to a sprained back.

Charles talked about his mother’s health just a few days later, telling press during a trip to Jordan that the sovereign was doing “all right.”

“Once you get to 95, it’s not quite as easy as it used to be,” the Prince of Wales told Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills in November. “It’s bad enough at 73.”

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