A British Airways pilot was recorded breaking the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death in a mid-flight announcement to passengers – sparking an emotional response from some on board.
The video showed the bleak message being delivered at the end of Thursday’s flight from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport.
“Elizabeth, the Queen, passed away earlier today with her family at her side,” the pilot was heard declaring in the video shared by Lerk Christensen.
“I thought I should at least tell you that before you got to the station,” he continued stoically while a crew member washed his eyes with a handkerchief.
“Many will be very sad about this,” the pilot said as the camera pans, trying to capture reactions from fellow publications.
“This will give you some time to think like I said, we have 40 minutes to land. We will be thinking about her family at this time.
“If any of you are particularly upset, please at this time be aware that it has also affected some of my crew.”
Elizabeth He passed away peacefully at the age of 96 At Balmoral Castle in Scotland, the royal family announced at 6:30pm BST.
Newly Ascended King Charles III He addressed his nation with sadness on Fridaya day after the death of his “beloved mother” after more than seven decades on the throne.
“Queen Elizabeth had a good life; on the promise of her destiny and so sad in her death. This promise of lifelong service I renew to all of you today.”
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