Buckingham Palace introduced as we speak that Queen Elizabeth II died this afternoon at age 96, after giving phrase earlier that she had been positioned below medical supervision at Balmoral Fort, the royal household’s summer time property within the Scottish Highlands. Forward of the official assertion, viewers observed that newscasters for Britain’s BBC Information community had become black clothes, which is a normal community apply within the wake of a high-profile loss of life.
Earlier within the day on Thursday, presenter Huw Edwards and the community’s royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell, in addition to on-screen signal language interpreters, switched into darkish fits and ties as they gave updates on the Queen’s well being. Per Britain’s “London Bridge” protocol within the occasion of a reigning monarch’s loss of life, it’s anticipated that broadcast information anchors broadcasters could have a set of black garments on stand-by to make the announcement; this was additionally the case when the Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, died in April 2021, and the BBC’s Martine Croxall, who made the announcement, modified from brown prime to a black gown. The identical costume code goes for different reporters and company who will seem on the community within the coming days.
(The Royals have the same apply of conserving black clothes available whereas touring in case of a sudden high-profile loss of life; Elizabeth herself skilled a scramble to discover a appropriate outfit when she obtained phrase of her father King George VI’s loss of life on February 6, 1952, which some might recall being a plot level for a dramatized Queen Elizabeth II in season 1 of Netflix’s The Crown.)
Plans had already been set into movement when the Palace launched its public assertion round 1:30 p.m. EST, which learn: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will stay at Balmoral this night and can return to London tomorrow.”
The Queen’s last public look passed off simply two days in the past, on Tuesday, when she greeted Liz Truss, Britain’s new prime minister, at Balmoral.