No, 'The Simpsons' Did Not Predict the Death of Queen Elizabeth II

The Simpsons cartoon show has developed a reputation for predicting real-world events, but the death of Queen Elizabeth II is not one of them.

Several inaccurate social-media posts have claimed that "The Simpsons has done it again" by predicting the exact year and date that the monarch died.

Queen Elizabeth II and The Simpsons
A likeness of Queen Elizabeth II appeared in "The Simpsons" several times. However, the show never predicted her death as many on social media are claiming. Dominic Lipinski/Getty Images / FOX

These posts, pictures and memes have been viewed millions of times online, but none of them appears to be genuine.

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, 2022, and viral social-media posts suggest creator Matt Groening and The Simpsons writers knew what was coming.

The first major TikTok video to go viral was posted by @Moviesandmemes46790. It includes a scene from season 15, episode 4, called "The Regina Monologues," where the Simpson family go to the United Kingdom.

While driving around, Homer Simpson's car crashes into the back of the queen's carriage and sends it toppling over. The TikTok video, viewed 16.8 million times, zooms in on a piece of paper in the carriage that reads "8.9.2022," which happens to be the date of her death in real life.

Some people were astounded by the accuracy of the so-called "prediction," but many others were quick to point out that the video had been edited, and the date didn't appear in the original. Twitter users reshared the video too, with some believing the prediction, but others debunking it.

From revisiting the original episode that aired, Newsweek can verify the TikTok video has been intentionally edited to mislead audiences.

Another post went viral online, this time featuring The Simpsons version of Queen Elizabeth II in a coffin. The post that has been viewed, shared and commented on millions of times across Twitter, TikTok and Reddit suggests that The Simpsons predicted in 2014 that the year of her death would be 2022.

TikTok account @laikacl seemed to create this latest hoax and got almost 10 million views, while The Mannii Show got a further 2.3 million for resharing it.

Further digging by fans determined that the image of Queen Elizabeth II (or at least The Simpsons version) in a coffin is a faked version of a previously manipulated image.

A picture of Donald Trump lying in a coffin in an episode of The Simpsons has been another source of prediction rumors for years. This image foreseeing the death of Donald Trump seems to have originated from 4Can, according to PolitiFact.

Within the image circulating online, the former president has been switched for Elizabeth II, and a headstone of sorts has been added on top.

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Queen Elizabeth II has been portrayed in six episodes of The Simpsons, none of which seemed to mention her death, and only the episode "The Regina Monologues" saw her in danger.

In this episode set in London, there were a number of high-profile cameos from Brits playing themselves, including then-Prime Minister Tony Blair, actor Sir Ian McKellen and author J.K. Rowling, but the role of Queen Elizabeth II (and Dame Judi Dench) was voiced by Simpsons regular Tress MacNeille.