People calling for Huw Edwards to be knighted after touching Queen coverage
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People have been sharing their deep appreciation of Huw Edwards’ coverage of Queen Elizabeth II’s passing - with some saying he should be knighted.
Edwards’ has been presenting rolling news coverage ever since midday when it was announced that the Queen was under medical supervision during health concerns.
Dressed in a black tie, Edwards was with the nation throughout the day as the BBC suspended its normal TV schedule.
The presenter held back tears as he confirmed news of the Queen’s passing and shared a statement from Buckingham Palace.
Edwards then told viewers: "It's a seismic event, it's the longest reigning monarch in British history, who has left us at the age of 96.
"And it's not a surprise when someone of that age suffers ill health and eventually passes away but what is left of course is the reflection on what was achieved and the kind of life that was led, and the sense of duty and a sense of loyalty.
"And as [BBC Royal correspondent] Nick [Witchell] was saying, the sense of humility, which seems rather bizarre to say for a monarch, as someone who had a sense of service to others.
"And this was a theme that was repeated so often in the Queen's statements and at great milestones in her life."
Elsewhere in his coverage, Edwards said: “Let’s dwell now on the impact on the people of the United Kingdom, for whom the Queen has been this symbol, not just of authority, but as a symbol of real solidity and consistency over the years.
“Taking that symbol away, albeit with a new monarch, King Charles III, who’s a very familiar figure, but taking that symbol away will have an effect on people’s lives, even those who are not dedicated monarchists.”
Many viewers felt this was a fitting tribute to the Queen - who appointed 15 Prime Ministers during her reign - and praised Edwards for his respectful and professional coverage during a tragic day for the nation.
One Twitter user wrote: “King Charles give Huw Edwards a knighthood! What a consummate professional, calm, sombre.”
Another added: “Huw Edwards deserves a knighthood for basically talking to countless people about nothing for hours on end and now leading the most important news story of a generation, the best to ever do it I think!”
Huw Edwards deserves a knighthood after this shift— Steve Gibson (@Gibbo8) September 8, 2022
A third said: “BBC at its best on occasions like this. @thehuwedwards deserves a knighthood for his dignity and professionalism. Bravo.”
Edwards had worked as a TV journalist for over 30 years and first joined the BBC as a news trainee in 1984.
Following the news of Her Majesty's death, tributes to Queen Elizabeth have been pouring in from figures as diverse as Barack Obama, Daniel Craig and the Rolling Stones.
All sporting events have been cancelled tomorrow and the lights of the Eiffel Tower will be turned off out of respect for the monarch’s passing.