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Outlandish (And Not So Outlandish) Conspiracy Theories About Queen Elizabeth II

As the most public and storied monarchy in the world, it stands to reason the British royal family would have generated its share of mysteries and conspiracy theories - many revolving around the matriarch. 

During Queen Elizabeth II's more than 90 years on Earth, the ruler of the United Kingdom has racked up quite a few royal rumors about herself. The strangest of all might be that she's a shape-shifting lizard, or "reptilian humanoid," part of an elite, ancient family poised to infiltrate networks all over the globe for mere sport. 

The conspiracies don't stop there; myriad weird facts, far-fetched speculations, and wild theories exist about Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history. From her alleged Nazi sympathies to her purported cannibalistic tendencies to her responsibility for the death of Princess Diana, the conspiracy theories about the Queen keep coming - that is, if she's the rightful ruler at all.

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    The Queen Is A Shape-Shifting Lizard

    Former BBC sports presenter David Icke holds some unconventional ideas, not least of which is that multiple global political figures, including Queen Elizabeth II, are shape-shifting alien lizards called "Annunaki" - a name borrowed from Mesopotamian mythology. Icke alleges secret societies, like the Freemasons and Illuminati, run the world, and they're comprised of creatures who descend from humans and lizards that interbred in ancient times.

    Icke claims he has "[met] people who tell of experiences of seeing people, often in positions of power, change from human from to a reptilian form and back again in front of their eyes."

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    The Queen Is A Cannibal

    The conspiracy site YourNewsWire infamously claims Queen Elizabeth, the longest-reigning monarch in Western history, eats people. Where does this theory originate? One proponent, cultural philosopher Hubert Humdinger, says the vitality and ability she shows at her age is unusual. According to Humdinger, "There is an immense amount of spiritual energy in human muscle. She must eat human flesh to be so vivacious."

    Admittedly, the queen's British ancestors did allegedly use some human body parts in remedies. It was reportedly a standard practice until the end of the 18th century, however unsavory it sounds. But the queen doesn't eat mummies or brains like her predecessors - at least, not according to a Good Housekeeping article detailing her favorite foods.

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    The Queen Killed Diana, Princess Of Wales

    Rumors have swirled for years that the queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, caused the tragic death of their former daughter-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales, in Paris in 1997.

    After all, Diana's tenure involved a lot of bad press for the royal family - what with the divorce from Charles and her lifestyle. Others claim both France and England tried covering up what really happened, and fingers pointed for a time to her majesty helping with the effort.

    Mohamed Al-Fayed, the father of Diana's co-passenger/lover, Dodi Fayed, alleged the queen wanted to prevent an ex-royal from marrying a Muslim. These conspiracy theories, however, remain just that: theories.

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    The Queen Is Dead

    Rumors continually arise about the nonagenarian royal being deceased. At the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, the queen was ill and didn't appear at her usual ceremonies - leading people to assume she was no longer alive.

    The BBC tracked down the original source of the rumor, a random citizen on Twitter who misreported a rumor he allegedly heard from his wife.