Who is Huw Edwards? Veteran BBC presenter holds back tears as he announces Queen Elizabeth II's death

'A few moments ago, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,' he announced in a somber tone

Who is Huw Edwards? Veteran BBC presenter holds back tears as he announces Queen Elizabeth II's death
Huw Edwards had to fight back the tears as he announced the tragic news that the Queen had died (BBC news/ Instagram @buckinghampalace)
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LONDON, UK: BBC presenter Huw Edwards was visibly emotional as he announced the news of Queen Elizabeth II's death to the nation. The Royal Family confirmed on Thursday that Britain's longest-reigning monarch, 96, had died peacefully at her home in Balmoral on September 8.

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The palace 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." A visibly upset Edwards appeared teary-eyed as he delivered the devastating news.

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He said, "A few moments ago, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II."

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The veteran presenter earned praise from viewers for his somber announcement. "Hats off to Huw Edwards who has been delivering extraordinary coverage on BBC One since lunchtime. A masterclass in professionalism. I am in awe," someone said. "Not an easy job, well done Huw Edwards," another noted.


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Who is Huw Edwards?

Huw Edwards is a BBC newsreader who presents BBC News at 10, the corporation's flagship evening news program. He has presented several royal events for the BBC, including the Queen's Diamond jubilee and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding. He also presented BBC's UK election coverage in 2019.

Meanwhile, the BBC's Royal Editor Nicholas Witchell's tribute to the monarch sounded equally dignified. He said, "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."

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In a statement following the Queen's death, King Charles III 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 passing 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 the 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."

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Her death comes 17 months after the death of the Duke of Edinburgh died in April 2021. They were married for 73 years.

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Queen Elizabeth had struggled with mobility issues during her last days. Charles was said to have been making regular morning visits to see his ailing mother during the period.

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