BBC Queen Elizabeth II funeral: presenters Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby in profile
BBC News’ Huw Edwards is part of the coverage of the Queen’s funeral
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Huw Edwards, Kirsty Young and David Dimbleby are among the presenters who will anchor the BBC’s TV coverage of the Queen’s funeral, the broadcaster has announced.
Their special programming covering the historic day on September 19 will air from 8am until 5pm on BBC One and iPlayer, with BSL signed coverage on BBC Two.
The coverage will follow key events including the funeral service at Westminster Abbey, the procession escorting the late monarch through London to Wellington Arch and then on to Windsor Castle, and the committal service at St George’s Chapel.
Edwards and Fergal Keane will be reporting from London while Young and Dimbleby will be stationed in Windsor.
A number of reporters will lead coverage from other key areas including Sophie Raworth at Parliament Square, Anita Rani at the Long Walk at Windsor and JJ Chalmers at Wellington Barracks.
Scottish broadcaster Allan Little will offer a first-hand account from inside Westminster Abbey while sports radio presenter Eleanor Oldroyd will be inside St George’s Chapel.
Royal correspondent Jonny Dymond will provide analysis and a host of famous faces will also commentate from different points along the procession route including Naga Munchetty, Ken Bruce, Mishal Husain, Emma Barnett, Clive Myrie and Adele Roberts.
BBC World Service English will broadcast the main events of the procession, the funeral and the committal service.
For radio audiences, a special programme presented by Martha Kearney will capture the key events in London and Windsor.
The programme will be simulcast on BBC Sounds, and the BBC’s plethora of radio stations including the channels for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will air coverage at various times throughout the day.
The two-minute silence during the funeral service will be observed across all live stations, the BBC has said.
Who is Huw Edwards?
Huw Edwards is a 61 year old Welsh journalist and newsreader from Bridgend. He joined the BBC as a trainee in 1984, and in 1986 he became Parliamentary Correspondent for BBC Wales.
Over his career he has presented major news and royal events for the BBC to audiences of millions.
He presented the BBC Six O’Clock News from 1999-2003, then becoming the main presenter on the Ten O’Clock News on BBC One.
He was a lead commentator at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics.
He fronted the BBC coverage of the US election in 2008 and the inauguration of Barack Obama.
Edwards worked as the Chief Political Correspondent for BBC News where he reported directly from Westminster.
He has presented royal events including the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011 which was seen by 20 million in the UK - this coverage won a Bafta for Best Live Event. He also shared coverage of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, presented coverage of the Diamond Jubilee in 2012, and the Platinum Jubilee: Trooping the Colour event in 2022.
Edwards shared coverage of the 2015 election and Brexit referendum with journalist David Dimbleby - in 2019 he was the lead presenter for the general election.
Today when presenting coverage of the Queen’s health he sparked concern among viewers who spotted he had changed into a black suit and tie - the clothing that broadcasters traditionally wear on the death of a senior royal.
Who is David Dimbleby?
David Dimbleby is a stalwart of the BBC.
The 83-year-old joined the broadcaster in the 1960s and has been a fixture ever since.
Dimbleby first joined the as a new reporter in Bristol and has appeared in news programmes since 1962.
He served as chairman of the BBC’s Thursday evening topical debate programme Question Time from 1994 until 2018.
In 1999, Dimbleby opened 2000 Today, the BBC's coverage of the millennium celebrations, from Greenwich, England.
He prestened the BBC’s coverage of the 2017 and 2015 general elections.
Who is Kirsty Young?
Kirsty Young is a TV and radio presenter for the BBC.
The 53-year-old from Scotland became a continuity announcer for BBC Radio Scotland in 1989.
In 1992 she moved to Scottish Television as a presenter of Scotland Today and which resulted in her chat show, Kirsty.
In March 1997, she joined the news team of Channel 5, resenting the channel’s flagship news programme Channel 5 News.
She left to join ITV in 2000 and became became a co-presenter of the ITV Evening News in 2001.
In June 2006, Young was announced as the new presenter of the long-running BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs, a role she held until 2018.
She presented Platinum Beacons: Lighting up the Jubilee on the BBC during the Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this year.