Her Majesty may have been 96 years old and in declining health, but the confirmation from Buckingham Palace of her death still came as a shock to many.
Many reporters were instructed to wear black or put on black ties in preparation for the sad announcement.
On the BBC Huw Edwards was praised for his delivery of the news, as he kept his composure and professionalism while showing “normal humanity”.
His eyes looked watery as he said after a long silence: “A few moments ago Buckingham Palace announced the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
His voice then cracked as he uttered the sombre words “she has left us”.
The Times admitted his appearance could have been due to tiredness following a busy week covering the appointment of new Prime Minister Liz Truss.
However, viewers on Twitter were still stunned at the enormity of his words when he uttered for the first time the phrase “the King”.
The United Kingdom has not had a King for 70 years, since the Queen’s father King George VI passed away in 1952.
On Sky News Dermot Murnaghan delivered the news while standing in the rain outside Buckingham Palace.
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“Never before have we had a new Prime Minister and a new monarch in one week.”
Her Majesty passed away peacefully at Balmoral yesterday afternoon at the age of 96.
Many members of her family have travelled to the Scottish estate today as the nation’s period of mourning begins.