GB news: Queen’s death a ‘seismic’ moment for Westminster warns Ann Widdecombe


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Her Majesty, 96, passed away peacefully at Balmoral, her private royal residence, with her close family members at her side. The longest-reigning monarch’s funeral will be held in Westminster Abbey in around 10 days.

Speaking about the time when Ms Widdecombe had an encounter with the Queen, she told Dan Wootton on Thursday: “I remember how she had exactly the right words when she asked what had happened.

“I said ‘I have broken my foot, my majesty!’ and she didn’t say ‘bad luck!’ or ‘hope it does get better!’. She said ‘Oh, how tiresome!’.

“And I thought ‘you got it, it is actually tiresome’.”

In a statement at 6.30pm, the Palace said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Prince Charles has acceded to the throne as King Charles III after the passing away of the Queen.

Talking about the political ramifications that followed the Queen’s death, the GB news host asked Ms Widdecombe, whether it’s a “seismic” moment for Westminster too, to which she agreed and said: “Yes it is and I mean this is the head of state that’s now changing and we are all going to get used to thinking of the King instead of the Queen.

“But of course, there is an effect constitutionally because when you join the House of Common and then you take an oath of royalty to the then existing Monarch, and when that Monarch changes then you have to take an oath of royalty to the new Monarch.

“Small things like that that I hadn’t even thought about until I heard that.

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“Small things like that of course all add up, it is going to be a very interesting 10 days in which normal political hostilities will be suspended as a mark of respect.”

Releasing a statement after his mother’s death, King Charles III said: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty the Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.”

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On Thursday afternoon, the Palace shared a rare update saying doctors were concerned about the head of state’s health.

A statement just after 12.30pm said: “Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”


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