A BBC journalist is facing disciplinary action for killing off the Queen on Twitter after apparently mistaking a rehearsal of the announcement of her death for the real thing.
Ahmen Khawaja, a broadcast journalist, sent a tweet saying: “‘Queen Elizabrth has died [sic]’:@BBCWorld”
It was sent during one of the corporation’s regular rehearsals for royal deaths, but insiders said Ms Khawaja was not taking part in the exercise and appeared to have overheard the rehearsal and tweeted what she thought was breaking news.
Ms Khawaja’s tweets were re-tweeted several times by her followers before she realised the mistake and deleted it, tweeting: “False alarm: Have deleted previous tweets!”
She also said it was the result of a “silly prank” after her phone was left unattended, adding: “Apologies for upsetting anyone!”