A British Airways pilot was recorded breaking the news of Queen Elizabeth II’s death in a mid-flight announcement to passengers — eliciting an emotional response from some onboard.
The somber message was delivered on the tail end of a Thursday trip from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Heathrow Airport in London, the video clip showed.
“Elizabeth, the queen, passed away earlier today with her family by her side,” the pilot was heard announcing in the video shared by Laerke Christensen.
“I thought I should at least tell you that before you arrive at the terminal,” he stoically continued as a crew member dabbed his eyes with a napkin.
“Many will be very very sad about this,” the pilot said as the camera panned around to try to capture reactions from fellow fliers.
“It will give you some time to reflect as I say, we have 40 minutes to landing. We will be thinking about her family at this time.
“Please if any of you are particularly upset please at this time be aware that it also has affected some of my crew.”
Elizabeth died “peacefully” at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, the royal family announced at 6:30 p.m. BST time.
Newly ascended King Charles III sorrowfully addressed his nation Friday, a day after his “darling mama” passed away after more than seven decades on the throne.
“Queen Elizabeth was a life well lived; a promise with destiny kept and she is mourned most deeply in her passing. That promise of lifelong service I renew to you all today,” he said.