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Why has the BBC suspended its programming?

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uckingham Palace announced this morning that the 96-year-old monarch, who has reigned for 70 years, has been placed under medical supervision at her Scottish residence Balmoral.

A spokesperson from the Palace said: ​“Following further evaluation this morning, the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”

The Queen’s eldest son, Prince Charles, and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, travelled to Balmoral to be with her earlier today. Prince William, Prince Harry and Prince Edward have also travelled to Scotland.

Politicians sent love and wishes to the Queen and her family after Buckingham Palace’s announcement.

Political figures and celebrities have been sharing their thoughts and well-wishes with the Queen. New Prime Minister Liz Truss said: “The whole country will be deeply concerned by the news from Buckingham Palace this lunchtime. My thoughts – and the thoughts of people across our United Kingdom – are with Her Majesty The Queen and her family at this time.”

Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle interrupted the speech of SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford during the energy debate in the House of Commons to tell MPs: “I know I speak on behalf of the entire House when I say that we send our best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and that she and the royal family are in our thoughts and prayers at this moment.”

He added: “If there is anything else, we will update the House accordingly.”

Why has the BBC suspended programming?

BBC One interrupted Bargain Hunt at 12.39pm to deliver the statement from Buckingham Palace, and has aired rolling news coverage ever since.

Huw Edwards is presenting the coverage alongside the BBC’s royal editor Nicholas Witchell. They are both wearing black suits and ties.

The BBC’s programming is suspended until at least 6pm, when the Evening News will air.

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