Kirsty Young has delivered an emotional monologue that saw viewers praising the BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s funeral as the broadcaster commemorated her memory.
‘She made history, she was history. Queen Elizabeth has gone, but she will never be forgotten,’ said Young in a parting speech as the Queen was laid to rest in Windsor.
A ‘veil of sorrow’ covering the nation in recent days had been brightened by the day giving people a chance to celebrate Her Majesty’s reign one final time, she said.
Never was a person ‘truer to their word’, said Young, recalling Queen Elizabeth II’s pledge at the beginning of her reign that she would serve the British public whether her life be ‘long or short’.
If ‘grief is the price we pay for love’ then ‘the weight of our collective sorrow is testament to the depth of affection in which she is held,’ Young concluded.
Viewers have also joked that Huw Edwards ‘needs a holiday’ as he continues to lead the BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s funeral.
The presenter, 61, has anchored the BBC’s coverage since Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday 8 September.
He is also presenting on BBC News this morning alongside Fergal Keane, also 61, throughout the Queen’s funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Taking to Twitter, many social media users expressed their hopes that the presenter treats himself to a well-deserved break after the funeral.
The BBC’s Kirsty Young, pictured, and Huw Edwards are leading coverage of the funeral. Young gave an emotional speech to viewers as her Majesty was laid to rest on Monday
Comments rolled in supporting both Young and Edwards, with social media users highlighting their coverage.
One user wrote: ‘@thehuwedwards you’ve done an amazing job since making the announcement of her majesty’s death. I hope the BBC allows you a well deserved holiday!’
Another added: ‘Huw Edwards deserves a 6 month holiday after today. How he’s managed to talk and interview people for 10 days straight about this I’ll never know.’
One joked: ‘Can someone give #huwedwards a pillow and blanket, followed by a long holiday, please?’
‘Can we all club together on GoFundMe and buy Huw Edwards a holiday once all this is done? The man’s been broadcasting seamlessly for 12 days solid now,’ another joked.
‘Has anyone worked harder than these couple of weeks? Crazy pressure to be the person to say “this is the BBC from London” day of. Give this man a holiday,’ one Twitter use quipped.
Edwards has presented much of the BBC’s coverage since Queen Elizabeth II’s death was announced on 8 September.
Viewers have joked that Huw Edwards ‘needs a holiday’ as he continues to lead the BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s funeral
The presenter, 61, has fronted the BBC’s coverage since Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday 8 September
Taking to Twitter, many social media users expressed their hopes that the presenter treats himself to a well-deserved break
BBC One viewers expressed concerns last week over the news presenter’s sore-looking eye
The public service broadcaster had a total of 9.83million people tuned into BBC One at 6.30pm when the death of Queen Elizabeth II (pictured just two days before she died) was officially announced
Viewers have praised the presenter’s ‘amazing’ coverage, with one calling him ‘absolutely stupendous.’
‘Huw Edwards absolutely stupendous again today,’ they wrote. ‘He’s a b***dy amazing broadcaster. Completely on the ball, composed, pragmatic but sensitive.’
Another added: ‘All presenters, particularly on BBC have been tremendous, however, has been absolutely outstanding.
‘Always the right tone, isn’t rude when he has to stops guests to go to live feeds, just amazing thank you.’
Viewers voiced their concerns fore Huw, with some suggesting he didn’t get much rest after covering the news of the Queen’s death this weekend
‘What an extraordinary broadcaster is. He has an amazing ability to hold hours of live tv together with the informative and comprehensive professionalism that it deserves,’ one Twitter user said.
Last week, BBC News viewers voiced concerns for Edwards’ health after the presenter was seen with a bloodshot right eye.
The broadcaster sparked concern on social media while covering the procession that saw the late Monarch’s coffin being moved from Holyroodhouse Palace to St Giles Cathedral.
Viewers spotted the presenter’s blood-shot eye, saying they hoped he would get it treated and surmising he must be ‘shattered’.
Edwards was also the presenter who broke the news of the Queen’s death to the nation on Thursday 8 September.