THE QUEEN has not been seen for 10 days after she was struck down by a cold just before Christmas, leading sick pranksters to claim that she has died.By [url=http://www.express.co.uk/search/?s= Reiss]Reiss Smith[/url]
PUBLISHED: 11:57, Fri, Dec 30, 2016 | UPDATED: 14:55, Fri, Dec 30, 2016
December 29-30: Buckingham Palace were forced to confirm that the Queen is not dead after a sick Twitter hoax claimed that she had passed away while battling a cold.
A spokesman said: "The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh continue to recover from their heavy colds."
Hours before, a spoof BBC news account tweeted: “BREAKING: Buckingham Palace announces the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 90. Circumstances are unknown. More to follow.”
The account was later suspended, but not before social media users began speculating that a “media blackout” was covering up the news until it could be reported properly at 8am.
The Queen has been struck down by a cold
The Queen was in good spirits at the start of December
December 25: The Queen was forced to miss the annual Christmas Day church service at Sandringham in Norfolk for the first time.
Prince Philip attended two services at 9am and 11am, and was joined by other royals including Prince Harry and Charles.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “The Queen continues to recover from a heavy cold and will stay indoors to assist with her recovery. Her Majesty will participate in the Royal Family Christmas celebrations during the day.”
Despite her illness, the Queen’s Christmas speech went ahead as planned. The annual message was prerecorded at Buckingham Palace and saw her pay tribute to ”ordinary people doing extraordinary things”.
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Prince Philip has seemingly recovered and was seen at Sandringham on Christmas Day
December 22: The Queen and Prince Philip flew to Sandringham by helicopter for their annual Christmas break a day after they were forced to cancel their original travel plans due to illness.
It was reported that the monarch and her husband were feeling a “little better”, and travelled by helicopter for comfort.
Queen Elizabeth II in pictures
Wed, December 21, 2016
Queen Elizabeth II making her Royal visits in her many colourful and elegant outfits.
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The Queen pictured in December 2016
The Queen was last photographed on December 8 with the next two generations of monarchs
December 21: The Queen and Prince Philip were forced to cancel plans to travel to Sandringham due to “heavy colds”.
Journalists and photographers who had gathered at London Kings Cross and King’s Lynn stations were told: “It’s not happening.”
The royal couple spent the day resting in Buckingham Palace.
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