Fans have called for BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards to be knighted for his "magnificent" coverage of the death of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The monarch died on Thursday, 8 September at her home in Balmoral, Scotland, with King Charles, as he is now known, by her side.

Other family members including Prince William and Prince Harry rushed to pay their respects, with the latter tragically arriving Elizabeth II's death was announced.

It was a poignant and historical moment when 61 year old Huw – who has anchored on major royal milestones throughout the years – announced the death of the Queen at 6.30pm on Thursday, having been on air since 12pm presenting rolling coverage.

After an image of the flag at Buckingham Palace was shown at half mast, he told viewers: “A few moments ago Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Huw then read out the statement from the Palace while dressed in 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.

Later, as a clip of the official notice being pinned to the gate of Buckingham Palace aired, he said: “A lifetime of service to people in the United Kingdom, throughout the Commonwealth and in many parts of the world.

“An example of leadership which didn’t stray into the realm of politics and for lots of people the ideal symbol of what a constitutional monarchy should be like.

“Well, now the world has been told and the official notice has been posted.”

Huw's handling of such a monumental and sensitive moment has earned him huge praise, with many fans taking to Twitter to suggest that he should be knighted.

One person Tweeted: "Huw Edwards should be knighted. Some shift," whilst another added: "Huw Edwards is doing a stellar job. If anyone deserves to be knighted, it’s him. #thequeen,"

A third person wrote: "Also has @thehuwedwards been knighted yet? He's been working around the clock this week. He deserves a medal! Everything carried out so pristine as always."

Another person said that Huw's coverage "was a masterclass in public speaking. The stability, grace and gravity of his tone clearly shows why he was chosen for one of the most monumental broadcasts in the history."

The broadcaster added that was a “seismic event” for the world as he discussed her historic reign with the BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell.

He said: “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.

He continued: “And as Nick 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.”


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