Huw Edwards has insisted that the tie he wore before he announced the Queen’s death to the nation was navy, rather than black, as many were led to believe.
On the day that Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, a statement was released earlier in the day by Buckingham Palace explaining that the 96-year-old was being monitored at Balmoral after doctors became concerned for her health.
When Edwards was providing updates on the monarch’s health on the news, viewers spotted that he appeared to be wearing a black tie already, with football pundit Gary Lineker tweeting: ‘The fact @thehuwedwards is in the studio and wearing a black tie doesn’t bode well.’
While one person questioned if it was ‘appropriate’ for the broadcaster to be wearing a black tie considering at the time, the Queen’s death had not yet been declared, the 61-year-old has clarified in a new interview that the tie was actually navy.
‘It was a navy tie. A dark navy tie, which then became a black tie after the confirmation on the wires,’ he told Radio Times magazine.
The Queen’s death was publicly announced at 6.30pm, while her death certificate confirmed that she died at 3.10pm at Balmoral Castle.
Recounting how he found out that the Queen had died around 10 seconds before the news was made public on the news, Edwards explained how the emotion of the day impacted him.
When asked whether he felt emotional, he responded: ‘Not in terms of struggling to speak, but I was sad, because I felt I was announcing the end of something very special, something that really meant a lot to people.
‘It was the end of an era in British history, the end of a presence that has been with many people throughout their entire lives, and the removal of a person who was a source of reassurance and constancy. I felt very strongly that it was a big moment.’
Following calls for Edwards to receive a knighthood for his services to broadcasting, he admitted that he feels ‘embarrassed’ by the rumours that this could become a reality.
‘I am embarrassed by it,’ he told Radio Times. ‘I have been involved in nominating people for honours and, in a few cases, people who have spent a lifetime giving time to deserving causes and don’t get anything.
‘So, although I don’t mean it disrespectfully, the idea of a knighthood embarrasses me.’