A British Airways pilot was recorded announcing the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death to passengers – provoking an emotional reaction from some on board.
The video showed the bleak message delivered at the end of Thursday’s flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York to Heathrow Airport in London.
“Elizabeth, the Queen, passed away earlier today with her family by her side,” the pilot was told 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 as 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 gives you some time to think, like I said, we have 40 minutes to land. We will be thinking of her family at this time.”
“If any of you are particularly upset, please note that this has affected some of my crew as well.”
Elizabeth He died peacefully aged 96 At Balmoral Castle in Scotland, the royal family made the announcement at 6:30pm BST.
Newly ascended King Charles III. He addressed his nation with sadness on Friday, a 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 fate and so sad in her death. This promise of lifelong service I renew to all of you today.”
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