BBC newsreader Martine Croxall in tears as she announces Prince Philip's death

BBC newsreader Martine Croxall in tears as she announces Prince Philip's death

BBC newsreader Martine Croxall was in tears as she announced Prince Philip's death.

The 52-year-old broadcast journalist got choked up live on air today – moments after changing into black clothing as a mark of respect.

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Martine said: "A short while ago, Buckingham Palace announced the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh…"

Emotional Martine trailed off as she fought back tears before continuing to read the statement.

She was still overwhelmed by the end, as she added: "BBC Television is broadcasting this special programme."

The moment didn't go unnoticed by viewers, with many praising her for keeping it together despite being visibly upset.


One said: "Martine Croxall did a tremendous job, only a moment before her necklace has caught around her mic and she explained it when the camera came back to her.

"Next thing she was reading out the breaking news, the catch in her voice betraying her upset as she read the words."

Another said: "The presenter on the BBC is nearly crying gosh this is shocking."

Martine had a last-minute costume change to announce the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

Prince Philip, who had been married to the Queen for 73 years, passed away "peacefully" at Windsor Castle this morning.

Before the Royal death was announced, broadcast journalist Martine was seen delivering the news wearing a brown, long sleeve dress with a gold necklace.

When it came time to announce the Duke of Edinburgh's passing, she removed her statement necklace and donned a black blazer over her dress.

As part of the BBC's protocol during the announcement of royal deaths, broadcasters are asked to wear black out of respect to the Royal Family but also as a symbol of morning for the nation.

She wasn't the only newsreader to get emotional on TV today.

ITV newsreader Mary Nightingale's voice quivered as she spoke of Prince Philip's passing aged 99.

She said: "Good afternoon, if you have just joined us, we have broken into our regular programming to bring you a special programme following the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

"Let me just repeat the statement which we have received in the [ast hour from Buckingham Palace.

"It is with deep sorrow that the Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband…."

She paused slightly as she got choked up before continuing: "His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh."

"The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

The royal passed away two months and one day short of what would have been his 100th birthday.

His death comes just weeks after he was taken to London’s King Edward VII Hospital on February 16 after feeling unwell.

Two weeks later, he was transferred to St Bart’s Hospital for treatment for an infection and heart condition.

Buckingham Palace then announced on Tuesday, March 16 he had been released from hospital and was in "good spirits" and "comfortable".

Philip had dedicated his life to the Queen and tragically died just before his 100th birthday in June this year.

And his death comes after a turmoil-filled 12 months for the royals after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry quit the royal family. 

Prince Philip has been one of the hardest working royals – since 1952 he attended 22,219 solo engagements and 637 overseas tours in a career marked by his famous gaffes, wit and wisdom.

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