Queen of England Death Predictions

Queen of England Death Predictions

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Added Dec 28, 2018 at 11:21AM EST by Matt.

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Queen of England Death Predictions refers to a series of jokes and memes based on an unsubstantiated prediction that Queen Elizabeth II would die on January 5th, 2019.


On December 26th, 2018, Redditor [1] beefy_cabbage posted an object labeling meme featuring the characters from the television show iCarly in the /r/me_irl subreddit. In the meme, one character is smacking another in the back with a stop sign. The person holding the stop sign is labeled January 5th, 2019, the stop sign is labeled "death" and the person being hit is labeled "the Queen of England." The post received more than 52,000 points (89% upvoted) and 7,200 comments (shown below).

pic of Spencer from iCarly about to be hit with a stop sign labeled as the queen of England about to be hit with death by January 5th 2019


Following the post, people began other jokes about the prediction. On December 27th, Redditor[2] ShiroHakane posted another object-labeled meme, blocking her death because "England would be sad." The post received more than 6,200 points (98% upvoted) and 85 comments (shown below, left).

That day, Redditor maybeillfigureitout asked the /r/OutOfTheLoop[5] subreddit about the meme. Redditor ninjaicecold answered:

"Its about a post made by u/beefy_cabbage on r/me_irl that the queen dies on 5th Jan 2019. That post blew up and redditors started making memes about the death of the Queen on jan 5th. This might probably be the first meme of 2019."

The following day, Redditor[3] That_Bleach posted a variation on the meme in the /r/dankmemes subreddit. The post received more than 5,300 points (98% upvoted) and 75 comments in 24 hours (shown below, center).

Additionally, on December 28th, Redditor[4] LuthAlex posted an image that read, "Don't be ridiculous! Queen Elizabeth is going to be okay. Please return to the CHUNGUS images and forget this whole January 5th affair." The post received more than 33,000 points ((88% upvoted) and 640 comments (shown below, right).

hand stopping domino blocks from falling labeled as the fact of England being sad blocking the death of the queen Steve Harvey meme about the death of the Queen of England on January 5th 2019 text calling the people saying the queen of England will die silly, with some letters marked in red and spelling the sentence Operation CHUNGUS is a go January 5th

Chess Variations

On December 28th, Redditor[6] _kikikiwi_ posted an object-labeled image of a chessboard in which the horse-shaped knight piece is labeled "u/beefy_cabbage" and the queen piece is labeled the "Queen of England." In the image, the rook is positioned to take the Queen, referencing the death conspiracy theory. The post received more than 240 points (97% upvoted) and 20 comments (shown below).

chessboard with the chest pieces labeled as the queen of England and the Redditor who predicted her death

Several days later, on December 29th, the same Redditor[7] posted an image of their post and another similar post, which they imply stole their idea. The post received more than 12,000 points (91% upvoted) and 190 comments (shown below, left).

On January 6th, 2019, Redditor[8] JacaDzaca posted another version of the meme, which uses a digital chessboard. In this version, the rook takes out another rook, referencing the coincidental death of the Queen of England's horse PH Keston.[9] The post received more than 22,000 points (93% upvoted) and 280 comments in 24 hours (shown below, right).

That day, Redditor[10] Aleksandrovitch asked about the chess memes in the /r/OutOfTheLoop subreddit.

side by side comparison of two posts labeling a chessboard with references to the queen of England death predictions digital chessboard object labeling meme about the death of Queen Elizabeth's horse

Various Examples

VE The Queeh being alive January 6, 2019 u/beefy_ cabbage the queen on January 5, 2019 (chuckles I'm in danger Deleting their account January 6th, 2019 u/beefy_cabbage
City of London Policeo @CityPolice Follow ATTENTION We would like to assure the public that there is no viable threat to Queen Elizabeth's life at We have set up a task force to monitor the website that made the initial threat Updates to follow. 3:36 PM Tweet your reply City of London Police@CityPolice UPDATE: What the f--- is a chunqus 4.Queen Elisabeth, 92 "Every day, I eat a Big Mac, drink a Dr. Pepper, and smoke a pack of Marlboro Reds. Then at the end of the day, I shoot myself in the head. I can't die. I don't know why this is happening. Please help me. The internet on January 5th

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