In what could be one of the most embarrassing blunders in the history of British media giant BBC, one of its staff members tweeted "Queen Elizabeth has died".
As the tweet was shared by thousands of people within seconds, the media house immediately went into the damage control mode tendering an apology and taking action against the staff.
Broadcast journalist Ahmen Khawaja, who is with the BBC Urdu service didn't realise what she was watching in the BBC studio was a royal obituary rehearsal. She also tweeted that the Queen was being treated in King Edward VII Hospital. Coincidently the queen went for an annual medical check up at this hospital on the same day.
As her tweets created a stir, Khawaja deleted her posts and apologised.
False Alarm: Have deleted previous tweets!!— Ahmen Khawaja (@AhmenKhawaja) June 3, 2015
BBC in a statement 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.”
The broadcaster has also launched a probe into the issue.
Buckingham Palace also issued a statement saying the 89-year-old queen was in good health.
This is not the first time BBC is forced to apologise for accidental goof. In 2010, they had to apologise after a radio DJ announced 'Queen Elizabeth II has now died' and played the national anthem.