Huw Edwards reveals he only learned 10 SECONDS of the Queen’s death before telling the nation… as BBC newsreader admits he would be ’embarrassed’ to be given a knighthood for his ‘flawless’ delivery
- Huw Edwards said he didn’t know Queen had died when he started broadcasting
- The BBC presenter recalled the moment he learned of Her Majesty’s death
- He shot down the idea of a knighthood, saying that people spend their lives giving time to deserving causes and ‘getting nothing’
BBC newsreader Huw Edwards has revealed that he learned of the Queen’s death just ten seconds before he was due to break the news to the nation.
He also said that while he has been relived his announcement went smoothly, he has been “embarrassed” by calls for him to receive a knighthood.
“People who have spent their entire lives on charitable causes… get nothing,” the veteran newsreader said. “So, while I don’t mean it disrespectfully, the idea of a knighthood embarrasses me.”
BBC newsreader Huw Edwards has revealed he learned of the Queen’s death just ten seconds before he was due to break the news to the nation
In an interview with Radio Times, Mr Edwards, 61, recalled the moment he learned of Her Majesty’s death.
Despite speculation that Mr. Edwards had been told in advance that she had passed away and had already turned into a black tie, he told the magazine that was not the case and that he did not know when he would start broadcasting.
He said, “Usually, when you have a breaking story, there’s a lot of shouting in your ear from the gallery and saying, ‘Go to the news, go to the news’, but this time it was different.
“The announcement came on the wires and the gallery said, ‘The announcement is here. Take your time. Speak when you’re ready. Don’t rush’.”
He also said that although he is reliving his announcement flawlessly, he has been “embarrassed” by calls for him to receive a knighthood.
In an interview with Radio Times, Mr Edwards, 61, recalled the moment he learned of Her Majesty’s death
Queen Elizabeth’s death certificate revealed that she died at 3:10pm and Mr Edwards made the news known to viewers more than three hours later, at 6:30pm.
He said he had found the five hours leading up to the announcement more unnerving as he was concerned about making mistakes while filling airtime with BBC colleague Nicholas Witchell.
And while he joked that his mother had sent him a message that day that he looked exhausted, this was just the start of two weeks of intense coverage leading up to the Queen’s funeral.
Many social media users then expressed on Twitter the hope that the presenter will treat himself to a well-deserved break.