Fact check: Did 'The Simpsons' predict Queen Elizabeth II's death?

Several videos have gone viral on social media claiming the hit show correctly predicted the exact date and year of the Queen's death

Fact check: Did 'The Simpsons' predict Queen Elizabeth II's death?
Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022 (Jonathan Brady - WPA Pool/Getty Images, Twitter/@Umair721034391)
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Infamous for predicting real-world situations, the hit sitcom 'The Simpsons' has come into the spotlight once again as people claim the show correctly predicted the death of Britain's monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. However, fans of the show will be disappointed to learn that this time, the claims are unfounded as 'The Simpsons' did not make any such prediction. 

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Rumors made the rounds on social media after several users claimed that the show had once again hit the bull's eye with its uncannily accurate prophecies. People went on to falsely declare that The Simpsons had even nailed the exact date of the Queen's demise in addition to the year. 

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Memes and fan reactions quickly flooded the internet as people expressed shock and awe at the show's prophecizing powers. The creator of the sitcom, Matt Groening, along with the writers of the show, was credited for once again getting it right. Among the first such posts was a video posted on TikTok by user @Moviesandmemes46790. The clip included a scene from the fourth episode of Season 15, titled 'The Regina Monologues' where the Simpson family head to the United Kingdom. 

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The video was edited to show the date of the Queen's death (TikTok/
The video was edited to show the date of the Queen's death (TikTok/@Moviesandmemes46790)

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In the episode, Homer Simpson is seen driving a car, which soon collides with the Queen's carriage. What follows in the viral video is a close-up of a piece of paper that reads, "8.9.2022" - the real-world date of Queen Elizabeth II's death. The viral TikTok has been viewed over 16 million times. However, some users investigated the clip's accuracy, only to find that it had been edited. While the episode did in fact occur, no such date appeared anywhere in the show. Since then, the edited video has been shared by many on other platforms, while others have been quick to prove its inaccuracy. 

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One edited image showed the Queen with a headstone (TikTok/laikacl)

Soon afterward, another post went viral. In it, the animated version of Queen Elizabeth II is shown lying in a coffin. This was again widely shared across platforms, from Twitter and Reddit to TikTok, with people crediting the show for making the astonishing prediction as early as 2014. However, this has also been confirmed to be a hoax. 

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The original image featured Donald Trump lying in a coffin. According to Insider, the former US President has been replaced with the Queen and a headstone with the date was added to the image. 

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Nevertheless, 'The Simpsons' have built a reputation for seemingly featuring events that bear an uncanny resemblance to real-world events that take place years down the line. One such instance was the show correctly prophesizing about Donald Trump becoming the President, as well as the fire at Notre Dame cathedral. 

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