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An errant tweet from a BBC journalist claiming Queen Elizabeth had been hospitalized triggered a wave of uncertainty Wednesday before the rumor was shot down.

The panic began after Ahmen Khawaja, a journalist at the BBC, tweeted that the 89-year-old monarch was being treated at a London hospital, according to The Independent:

"False alarm to Queen's death!" it said. "She is being treated at King Edward 7th hospital. Statement due shortly."

CNN Newsource followed up with a tweet, now deleted, which read:

"JUST IN: Queen Elizabeth II hospitalized at King Edward 7th Hospital in London. FILE out now - IN-17WE."

Both CNN and Khawaja quickly recanted their bulletins:

In the aftermath of the erroneous tweets, Khawaja and her employer offered different explanations for the false alarm. In a tweet which has since been deleted, Khawaja said the report was caused by a "silly prank" stemming from an unattended phone, according to Mashable.

The BBC's official statement contradicted this version of events, saying the false report was caused by a blown "technical rehearsal for an obituary."

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 an offense.

John Plunkett, a broadcast correspondent for The Guardian, explained the misleading tweet in further detail on Twitter: