The Royal Family’s official website briefly published a press release stating that Queen Elizabeth II has died in her sleep yesterday morning before it was swiftly removed again.
The statement, which appeared on the Royal.uk, announced that the Queen had died, causing alarm among internet users who took screenshots before it was taken down (SEE BELOW).
The press release was also picked up by Google News, adding more weight to the announcement.
The official statement was released at the request of Prince Charles, by the Queens press secretary, stating she has passed away in her sleep after becoming “increasingly frail in recent weeks following her bad cough and chest infection over Christmas.“.
The Queen had also canceled her Christmas plans last year due to illness.
The statement also concluded that Prince Charles would ascend to the throne:
“A meeting of the Accession Council will be held this evening to proclaim the accession of Prince Charles as the new Sovereign. His coronation will be held late in the year after a suitable mourning period.“
Shortly after the press release went live on the royal.uk website, it was swiftly deleted, which has now raised the question as to whether the release was meant for public view.
The reason for the removal of the press release still remains unclear, and what is less clear, is why the Royal website would publish the article in the first place.
This situation could explain the sudden release – and then removal – of the death notice. Prince Charles’ camp – frustrated with the delay in announcing the death to the public and the subsequent delay of the meeting of the Accession Council – may have tried to put an end to William’s back room attempts to wrest the crown away from Charles by forcing the information on the public before the royal household was ready.