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Huw Edwards holds back tears after announcing the Queen's death on BBC News

Dominic Smithers

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Huw Edwards holds back tears after announcing the Queen's death on BBC News

Huw Edwards had to fight back the tears as he announced the tragic news that the Queen had died. Watch below:

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The Royal Family confirmed today that Her Majesty had passed away peacefully at her home in Balmoral this afternoon (8 September).

The statement read: "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

"The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow."

Edwards was visibly upset, with his eyes welling up as he reported the sad news.

He said: "This is BBC News from London. Buckingham Palace has announced the death of Queen Elizabeth."

Sitting alongside him, Royal Editor Nicholas Witchell then paid tribute to the 96-year-old.

He said: "One does, this - for the nation, for them - is an absolutely massive moment. It's a moment of great solemnity and national sadness and it's hard fully to take it in. It is an incredible shock.

"Many people will feel a sense of personal loss. Others will find it very disorientating. It is the end of what history will judge as one of the most remarkable reigns."

Huw Edwards held back the tears following news of the Queen's death. Credit: BBC
Huw Edwards held back the tears following news of the Queen's death. Credit: BBC

Following news of her death, King Charles III released a statement.

He said: "The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

"We mourn profoundly the loss of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved Mother.

"I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

"During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held."

Concerns around the Queen's health escalated earlier today when Buckingham Palace announced that she was under medical supervision.

In a statement, the Palace said she was at home and 'comfortable'.

The statement read: "Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision.

"The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral."

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: Royal Family, The Queen

Dominic Smithers
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