Death hoax exposed as Queen steps out with Kate and Camilla

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
Queen Elizabeth stepped out to greet world leaders. Photo: Getty Images

Rumours of her death may have bounced around the internet earlier this week, but Queen Elizabeth is alive and well, stepping out for the NATO summit last night and destroying the unfounded whisperings with one turn of her crowned head.

A bizarre Twitter moment saw a screenshot from a WhatsApp conversation between friends spark international rumours after it claimed the monarch had died of a heart attack, but with no response from the palace and widespread denial from royal commentators, it will come as no surprise to most that the tale was as far fetched as it appeared.

The Queen posed with Nato leaders for a group photo, quashing rumours she had passed away earlier in the week. Photo: Getty Images

On Tuesday night, the monarch let her presence do the talking as she attended the highly anticipated NATO summit with the royal family out in force to back her up.

The Queen greeted world leaders at Buckingham Palace with a banquet ahead of the NATO alliance summit, rubbing shoulders with the most powerful people in the globe.

Kate greeted guests. Photo: Getty Images

Also in attendance was Kate standing in for the Duke of Cambridge, who is on a tour of Kuwait and Oman.

Charles and Camilla posed for a photo with Donald Trump and Melania, while Princess Anne was spotted chatting to Angela Merkel.

The Queen was also out in an official capacity earlier in the day holding audiences at the palace.

Melania Trump, President Donald Trump,Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall posed for a photo ahead of the NATO alliance summit. Photo: Getty Images

Death rumours

The official appearances came after the rumours earlier in the week which had Twitter in an uproar over 93-year-old monarch’s supposed death.

The social media platform lit up on Monday with a rumour that Queen Elizabeth had passed away, despite there being no evidence to support the claim, leaving people confused as to the validity of the whispers.

A flurry of tweets crowded the platform as people spread the rumour, which appears to be completely false, with some claiming the monarch suffered a heart attack and had passed away, while others stressed that she survived.

Princess Anne spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Buckingham Palace. Photo: Getty Images

It appeared the rumours were the result of a single screenshot from a Whatsapp conversation shared online, from someone known only as ‘Gibbo’, claiming to have received the information from a guard regiment at the palace.

Both Royal Central editor Charlie Proctor and an unnamed source quoted by the MailOnline refuted the claims.

The death hoax comes after a fraught year for the monarch which has seen Prince Andrew step down from royal duties over allegations of sexual assault.

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