Queen Elizabeth II Visits Lancaster Cathedral in Lancaster, United Kingdom on May 29, 2015.
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June 3, 2015 8:43 AM EDT

LONDON — A behind-the-scenes rehearsal of how the BBC will handle the death of Queen Elizabeth II ended with an apology Wednesday after one of its reporters mistakenly tweeted that the British monarch had passed away.

Ahmen Khawaja, a reporter working for the BBC’s Urdu-language service, posted on Twitter that the 89-year-old had been taken to hospital. A second tweet announced: “Queen Elizabrth [sic] has died.”

The initial report was picked up by media outlets including CNN Newsource and German newspaper Bild.

However, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman told NBC News that the queen was not only alive but carrying out public…

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