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Huw Edwards had been rehearsing for Queen's death in front of mirror for months

Huw Edwards had been rehearsing for Queen's death in front of mirror for months

Huw Edwards prepped for the Queen's death 'in front of his bathroom mirror', Alistair Campbell has claimed

BBC News anchor Huw Edwards practiced for the Queen's death 'in front of his bathroom mirror', fellow journalist Alistair Campbell has claimed.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully in her residence at Balmoral yesterday (8 September).

The presenter was on air since the afternoon as concerns grew around the Queen's health.

His black tie attire suggested that the BBC, along with many news organisations, were prepared for the worst.

However, it has emerged that Edwards had been prepping for the Queen's death 'months ago', Campbell has revealed.

Following Edwards' 'absolutely brilliant' job, Campbell tweeted: "@thehuwedwards told me a few months ago he had been preparing, practising and even rehearsing in front of his bathroom mirror for this moment for some time.

"He said too that the Queen’s death would be the biggest challenge to @BBCNews in its history. He did superbly.

"I am out of the country and have not seen much of the BBC coverage but @schooltruth tells me he has been 'absolutely brilliant'. Which should surprise nobody."

Brilliantly he did, as many viewers have called for Edwards to be knighted following his calm and composed delivery of the shocking news.

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At the time, Edwards 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.”

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!”

A third said: “BBC at its best on occasions like this. @thehuwedwards deserves a knighthood for his dignity and professionalism. Bravo.”

LADbible has contacted Huw Edwards for comment.

Featured Image Credit: BBC News/Raymond Tang/Alamy Stock Photo

Topics: The Queen, Royal Family, News