The 61-year-old from Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales has worked with the BBC since 1984 and began presenting the Six O'Clock News in 1999. Viewers called his announcement of the Queen's passing a 'masterclass' and there have been calls for him to receive a knighthood.
Alastair Campbell, the former spokesperson for Tony Blair and the host of The Rest is Politics podcast, revealed on Twitter that Edwards had told him that he had been preparing for this day for months.
Campbell wrote: "@thehuwedwards told me a few months ago he had been preparing, practising and even rehearsing in front of his bathroom mirror for this moment for some time. He said too that the Queen’s death would be the biggest challenge to @BBCNews in its history. He did superbly"
\u201c.@thehuwedwards told me a few months ago he had been preparing, practising and even rehearsing in front of his bathroom mirror for this moment for some time. He said too that the Queen\u2019s death would be the biggest challenge to @BBCNews in its history. He did superbly 1/2\u201d
The journalist added: "I am out of the country and have not seen much of the BBC coverage but @schooltruth tells me he has been 'absolutely brilliant'. Which should surprise nobody."
Edwards is yet to respond to the praise for him but numerous peers and viewers have lauded his performance on Thursday.
\u201cI have known @thehuwedwards for 30+ years from when we were young,ambitious political correspondents. At times it was like the Hunger Games as we all fought (each other) to get on air. But tonight his tone on coverage of #QueenElizabeth death has been magnificent. Kudos Huw\u201d
\u201cAlso, respect to Huw Edwards. He\u2019s just done about a 72 hour straight live shift for the change of PMs. And anchored the 10 O\u2019clock all week. He must be utterly exhausted. Dimbleby-esque stamina & professionalism.\u201d
\u201cHuw Edwards has done an incredible job, and I mean this mostly unironically, of being visibly and audibly on air while saying absolutely nothing at all for several hours - an extraordinary feat, like Molly Bloom's monologue\u201d
\u201cHuw Edwards has just spent four long days anchoring rolling covering of a change of Prime Minister and the death of the monarch\u2026 and he has barely dropped a syllable. A national treasure.\u201d
The UK will now enter a period of mourning to mark the Queen's death. The Royal Family have confirmed that a period of mourning will last for seven days after the Queen's funeral, the date of which is yet to be confirmed.
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