A press release stating that Queen Elizabeth died in her sleep yesterday morning appeared briefly on the Royal Family’s official website before being taken down – but not before alert internet users captured screenshots of the article and proof the press release appeared on Google.

 

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The official statement, released by the Queen’s press secretary at the request of Prince Charles, states that Queen Elizabeth passed away in her sleep at Sandringham House after becoming “increasingly frail in recent weeks following her bad cough and chest infection over Christmas.

 

Prince Charles and Princess Anne were at Sandringham with the Queen at the time of her passing, according to the release. The statement also said Prince Charles will ascend to the throne:

 

A meeting of the Accession Council will be held this evening to proclaim the accession of Prince Charles as the new Sovereign. His coronation will be held late in the year after a suitable mourning period.

 

The press release was deleted from the official royal.uk site shortly after publication, raising suspicions the release was unintended for public view.