Snopes Collection: Queen Elizabeth II in Life and Rumor

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Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, died on Sept. 8, 2022, at the age of 96.

Queen Elizabeth II
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Notwithstanding Mel Brooks’ movie quip, “It’s good to be the king,” there are downsides to wearing the crown, not the least of which is being the constant subject of rumors and gossip. Thus it was for Queen Elizabeth II, who reigned over the United Kingdom for over 70 years until her death in 2022. 

It has fallen to Snopes to fact-check any number of viral claims about the queen over the years, both true and apocryphal. Did she really work as a mechanic during World War II? (True, as the first female member of the Royal Family to join the Armed Services as a full-time active member.) Did the queen take the unapproved drug ivermectin for COVID-19? (False, though she was, in fact, diagnosed with COVID-19 and survived the disease.) 

Here is a roster of our most popular fact checks about Queen Elizabeth, spanning decades and every kind of subject matter imaginable.