ITV cancels FIVE daytime shows to make way for Queen news coverage
13th September 2022

ITV cancels FIVE daytime shows in schedule reshuffle to make way for rolling news coverage as the Queen’s coffin is moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall

ITV have cancelled five major daytime TV shows on Wednesday to make way for rolling news coverage of the Queen’s coffin being moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall.

Popular shows including Loose Women and The Chase will no longer air in their usual slots as the broadcaster pays tribute to the late monarch, who passed away ‘peacefully’ aged 96, on Thursday. 

With the UK having entered a period of mourning, TV schedules have been reshuffled so as to make way for special documentaries and ongoing news coverage – with Wednesday’s programming covering the Queen’s journey to London to lie in state. 

Changes: ITV cancelled five major daytime TV shows on Wednesday to make way for rolling news coverage of the Queen’s coffin being moved from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall (pictured, The Chase stars)

Shows that have been removed from ITV’s schedule are Loose Women, Dickinson’s Real Deals, Tenable, Tipping Point and The Chase. 

ITV News: Queen Elizabeth II Lying-in-State will air from 1pm following an extended episode of This Morning, with the show running until 6pm. 

Over the weekend, ITV confirmed that their schedules will be disrupted during the period of mourning.  

Sad: Popular shows including Loose Women and The Chase will no longer air in their usual slots as the broadcaster pays tribute to the late monarch, who passed away aged 96, on Thursday

In a statement they said: ‘ITV’s main channel will continue to make changes to its schedule to broadcast the important state events of the coming days culminating in the historic state funeral with extensive and dedicated news coverage from our news teams. 

‘ITV will also be showing a number of documentaries about the Queen and the new King over the coming days. No advertising will run during any of the Royal coverage.’ 

They continued: ‘ITV will reintroduce some of its normal programming over the next few days to provide our viewers with the range of shows that they expect to see on the main ITV channel.

News: TV schedules have been reshuffled so as to make way for special documentaries and ongoing news coverage – with Wednesday’s programming covering the Queen’s journey to London to lie in state 

‘Further changes to the schedule will be announced in due course.’

Queen Elizabeth’s death was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday, saying in a statement she passed away ‘peacefully’ in Balmoral at the age of 96.

Senior royals dashed to be at the Queen’s bedside on Thursday, but did not reach Balmoral in time before she passed, it is believed.

Only her eldest children, King Charles and Princess Anne, who were already in Scotland at the time of the Monarch’s sudden turn for the worse, were able to make it to the royal estate before her death, sources said.

Moved: Shows that have been removed from ITV’s schedule are Loose Women, Dickinson’s Real Deals, Tenable, Tipping Point and The Chase (Pictured, Tipping Point’s Ben Shepherd)

Reshuffle: ITV’s Loose Women will not air in its usual place on Wednesday, with ITV News: Queen Elizabeth II Lying-in-State airing from 1pm following This Morning

Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, his wife Sophie, and Prince William all flew in from Berkshire via private jet to Aberdeen on Thursday as they dashed to Balmoral to see her. But it is understood that they did not reach the estate before she passed.

Prince Harry, who was due to attend a charity event with wife Meghan in London on Thursday, also attempted to reach Balmoral in time. But he arrived at 8pm, nearly an hour-and-a-half after the public were informed of the Queen’s death.

The Queen’s son Charles, the former Prince of Wales, is now King Charles III, while Prince William has inherited his father’s title and is now, along with his wife, styled The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and Cambridge. William is also now the ‘heir apparent’ to the British throne.

The UK has since entered a period of national mourning, with Charles ascending to the throne to become King.

Tragedy: Queen Elizabeth’s death was announced by Buckingham Palace on Thursday, saying she passed away ‘peacefully’ in Balmoral at the age of 96 (pictured on September 6)

Following his official proclamation on Saturday, King Charles III has begun a condolence tour of the nations, accompanied by his Queen Consort Camilla, ahead of the Queen’s funeral on Monday, September 19.

Her coffin is currently lying in state at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, after Charles stood guard over his mother alongside his brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, along with his sister Princess Anne in a ceremony known as the Vigil of the Princes.

The King, who was wearing the Prince Charles Edward Stuart tartan and white heather in his lappelle from Balmoral, kept his hands joined and looked towards the floor as he stood alongside four suited members of the Royal Company of Archers, who were standing guard dressed in long-feathered hats and armed with arrows and quivers. 

Waiting: The Queen’s coffin is currently lying in state at St Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, with thousands of the members of the public queuing through the night to pay their respects 

Afterwards, tears appeared to fill his eyes as the monarch completed an emotional day which began with him addressing MPs in the Palace of Westminster. 

On Tuesday evening the Queen’s coffin will be flown to London, with Charles and Camilla ready to welcome Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace, before she is taken to Westminster Hall where she will again lie in state.

For four days members of the public will be able to queue up and pay their respects to Her Majesty, before her funeral takes place on Monday.

Moving: King Charles stood guard over his mother alongside his brothers Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, and his sister Princess Anne at St Giles Cathedral on Tuesday

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