Dead queen: BBC to broadcast documentary in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

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The Queen died yesterday aged 96 (Image: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

The BBC has announced that a new documentary commemorating the Queen and her reign will be broadcast tonight, the day after her death.

Buckingham Palace confirmed the news that the Queen had died shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, as celebrities and politicians from around the world paid tribute to the monarch.

Since then, major broadcasters have announced changes to their regular schedules, with BBC One broadcasting general coverage of the Queen’s death until 6:30pm on Friday, with a series of BBC News specials.

BBC Two has also faced changes to the schedule, and although the channel does not carry general coverage of the Queen, it has also altered the planned schedule for the day.

A Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen will air at 8pm on BBC One and BBC News Channel tonight, and will be available to watch on iPlayer soon after.

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A Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen will air at 8pm tonight (Image: PATRICK RIVIERE/AFP via Getty Images)

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Death of Queen Elizabeth II: What will happen next?

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has died after 70 years on the throne, and her death was announced by Buckingham Palace on September 8, 2022.

He died at the age of 96 at his home in Balmoral, with his son, now King Charles, and his daughter, Princess Anne, at his side.

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The synopsis for the 90-minute film reads: “In tribute to Britain’s longest-serving monarch, on the throne for over 65 years, the fascinating life story of HM Queen Elizabeth II.”

He adds: “With interviews with all her children, those who have worked with her and other public figures.”

The BBC had suspended its regular programming from noon on Thursday after it was announced that there were concerns about the monarch’s health.

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The Queen reigned for 70 years, being crowned in 1952 (Image: AFP)

Buckingham Palace released a statement explaining: “Following further assessment this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended that she remain under medical supervision.

The queen is still comfortable and at Balmoral.

After the statement was published, BBC One interrupted a program to switch to a presenter in the news studio, who shared the news with viewers.

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Regular broadcast times have been changed from noon yesterday (Image: Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Commonwealth Games Federation/Birmingham 2022)

The channel continued to broadcast live footage of Balmoral, including some members of the royal family arriving at Aberdeen airport to see the Queen, until a new update was shared at 6:30pm confirming that the Queen had died.

Presenter Huw Edwards, who had been leading the live coverage, briefed BBC viewers, adding: “A few moments ago Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

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He then read the statement from the Palace which read: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon.

The King and Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral tonight and return to London tomorrow.

Viewers flocked to social media to praise Edwards for ‘keeping it together’ during the announcement, with one writing: ‘Huw Edwards keeping it together. You can see it sprout and contain it. #bbc @bbcnews I don’t envy him right now.

The announcer wore a dark suit, white shirt and black tie, in line with the BBC’s dress code for when a member of the royal family dies as a mark of respect.

Edwards is said to have been preparing for this moment “for some time,” broadcaster Alistair Campbell shared.

In a tweet shared Friday morning, Campbell wrote that Edwards “told me a few months ago that he had been preparing, practicing and even rehearsing in front of his bathroom mirror for this moment for some time.”

“He also said the Queen’s death would be the biggest challenge to @BBCNews in its history.”

A Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen airs at 8pm on BBC One and BBC News Channel tonight.

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