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Royal Navy admits it accidentally started The Queen’s death rumours on social media

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The Royal Navy has taken responsibility for the accidental spread of death rumours of Her Majesty The Queen a few days ago.

The rumours started via a leaked WhatsApp message that had been screenshotted and shared on Twitter and Facebook saying Her Majesty had died of a heart attack.

The messages shown were believed to have been between military personnel.

The News has reported that it was actually a drill that was being practised at Royal Navy Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton for Operation London Bridge (codename for when The Queen dies) that it is believed someone thought the message was real and forwarded it on.

A Royal Navy spokesperson said, “We can confirm an internal exercise took place at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton in line with established contingency plans for recall of personnel.

“These exercises are conducted on a regular basis and no significance should be drawn from the timing of the exercise.

“While the exercise was conducted properly, we regret any misunderstanding this may have caused.”

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