GOOD Morning Britain host Ed Balls was left close to tears today as he recalled the “special moment” he met Queen Elizabeth II before her death.
Die 55 year old was the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families van 2007 aan 2010 and was invited to Buckingham Palace for a private audience with Her Majesty when he left government.
The broadcaster explained that it had not been protocol for the monarch to meet ministers after their service and he was moved by the remarkable gesture.
He shared: “There’s no constitutional reason. There was no duty. She just as the monarch who wanted to meet every cabinet minister.
“By that point I was no longer a minister, but I was invited by the palace. It was just the two of us and she talked all about education and social care.”
Choking up, the former politician added: “For the first time I saw what all of those 15 prime ministers valued. The wisdom, the interest and the care.
“She was a person, and I think this was a conscious choice for her, who always made every person she met feel special.
“For me that was a special moment.
“I walked out that day and I bought an ice cream, I sat in St James’ park, and I thought, ‘I’m the only person here who has met the Queen’.”
Ben noted Ed’s emotion and said: “You can see, that still sits with you. You can see it in your eyes.”
Ben and Susanna hosted from the ITV studios today while Kate Garraway stood outside Buckingham Palace with mourners still gathering to lay flowers at the gates.
Presenters on the show wore black as the country entered 10 days of national mourning.
ITV pulled their original schedule for the show and there were no breaks or adverts to make it a special in honour to Her Majesty.