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BBC Apologizes to Queen Mother for Death Report

November 12, 1994

LONDON (AP) _ The BBC has apologized to Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother for reporting she had died.

Buckingham Palace and Clarence House, the Queen Mother’s official residence, were swamped with calls when the BBC’s Ceefax televized information service reported Friday that the 94-year-old mother of Queen Elizabeth II had died.

The announcement, part of a BBC rehearsal script for the real event, was transmitted briefly by mistake.

″One line from a rehearsal script was on screen for literally a few seconds,″ said a BBC spokesman, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

He said the BBC has sent the Queen Mother a written apology.

A spokeswoman for the Queen Mother said she was much better after hurting her foot while on holiday at Balmoral, her residence in the Scottish highlands.

The injury forced her to cancel several engagements in the past week, and she will miss Sunday’s Remembrance Day service in central London to pay tribute to war veterans.

She plans to resume her schedule of engagements next week, said the spokeswoman, speaking anonymously.

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