BBC Suspends Regular News Programming After Queen’s Death

( Last Thursday, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Great Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, just two days after meeting with the UK’s new prime minister, Liz Truss.

Earlier in the day, BBC One’s Bargain Hunt was interrupted to inform viewers that the Queen was under “medical supervision at Balmoral” as doctors had grown concerned over her health. BBC One reported that immediate family members had been informed and were traveling to Scotland to be with the Queen.

After the Queen’s passing, BBC One suspended all regular programming to provide uninterrupted coverage.

Just two days earlier, the UK’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, met with the Queen at Balmoral Castle for the ceremonial transfer of power.

The Queen first met with outgoing leader Boris Johnson who formally offered his resignation to the Queen after delivering his farewell address at 10 Downing Street in London earlier in the day. Shortly afterward, Liz Truss was formally appointed his successor during her audience with the Queen.

Truss, who was named the leader of the ruling Conservative Party last Monday, became the 15th and final prime minister to serve, albeit briefly, under Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

Last Tuesday’s ceremonial “kissing hands” was the first time in the Queen’s 70-year reign that the handover of power took place away from Buckingham Palace in London.

Throughout the summer, the Queen had been suffering from “mobility problems” that limited her public appearances. These problems also prevented her from making the journey from Balmoral, where she spent the summers, back down to London.

On Saturday, the Queen’s eldest son Charles was formally proclaimed King Charles III by the Accession Council during a ceremony at St. James Palace.

The ceremony was attended by the new Prince of Wales, William, and the King’s wife, Camilla who is now the Queen Consort.

The Queen was transported from Balmoral to London this week and will lie in state in Westminster Hall for four days before the funeral which will be held on Monday at London’s Westminster Abbey.

Queen Elizabeth II will be buried beside her late husband, Prince Philip, in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.