BBC One SUSPENDS regular shows to cover Queen's health as family rushes to her bedside

Popular show 'Bargain Hunt' was interrupted to inform viewers that doctors were 'concerned' about the 96-year-old monarch's health

BBC One SUSPENDS regular shows to cover Queen's health as family rushes to her bedside
The screen turned black before BBC News presenter Joanna Gosling appeared to break the news about the Queen's health (BBC One, Ben Stansall/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND: BBC One suspended all programming for the day until 6 pm in light of the news about the Queen's health. Popular show 'Bargain Hunt' was interrupted to inform viewers that doctors were "concerned" about the 96-year-old monarch's health. This came shortly after a statement from Buckingham Palace on Thursday afternoon, September 8.

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The BBC One afternoon schedule has reportedly been moved to BBC Two. 'Bargain Hunt', a daytime program in which teams hunt for the best bargains to sell at auction, was taken off air just before 12.40 pm local time.

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The screen turned black before BBC News presenter Joanna Gosling appeared to break the news. "Welcome to viewers on BBC One," she said. "We have had news from Buckingham Palace that the Queen is under medical supervision at Balmoral. Doctors have become concerned for her health and, she is now under the supervision of doctors. It is understood she is comfortable and immediate family members have been informed." This was followed by live coverage by BBC News presenter Huw Edwards, who notably wore a black tie.  

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"Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen's doctors are concerned for Her Majesty's health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision," Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday. "The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral."

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Shortly before the statement, new Prime Minister Liz Truss was handed a note in the Commons. "The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime," Truss said, adding, "My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time."

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Queen Elizabeth greets newly elected leader of the Conservative party Liz Truss as she arrives at Balmoral Castle for an audience where she will be invited to become Prime Minister and form a new government on September 6, 2022 in Aberdeen, Scotland. The Queen broke with the tradition of meeting the new prime minister and Buckingham Palace, after needing to remain at Balmoral Castle due to mobility issues.
Queen Elizabeth greets the newly elected leader of the Conservative party Liz Truss as she arrives at Balmoral Castle for an audience where she will be invited to become Prime Minister and form a new government on September 6, 2022, in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Jane Barlow - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle interrupted the speech of SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford during an energy debate. "I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the royal family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment," Hoyle told the MPs, adding, "If there is anything else, we will update the House accordingly."

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Her Majesty was forced to postpone a Privy Council meeting on Wednesday, September 7, at the last minute on doctors' advice. The previous day, she greeted both Boris Johnson and Liz Truss at Balmoral, as well as undertook other light duties. She was since told to rest. Today, the palace revealed that doctors had been brought to Balmoral after concerns this morning. 

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The increasingly frail monarch has suffered a series of health maladies of late. She was advised not to travel to London this week to accept the outgoing PM's resignation and appoint Truss -- thereby marking the first time in her 70-year reign that the sovereign has appointed a prime minister at Balmoral. Johnson and Truss made the 1,000-mile round trip from London instead of the Queen, who has suffered mobility problems from time to time since October.

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