The BAFTA TV Tea Party, scheduled to be held on Saturday ahead of the Emmys, has been cancelled owing to the demise of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, the tea party (which is supposedly one of the most high-profile events) was to be held on Saturday at The Maybourne Beverly Hills, welcoming U.K. and U.S. based nominees ahead of Monday’s awards.
“In light of today’s very sad news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the annual BAFTA TV Tea Party will no longer be taking place this weekend,” BAFTA said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Her Majesty The Queen, whose close association with BAFTA spanned 50 years. Our thoughts are with BAFTA’s President HRH The Duke of Cambridge and the Royal Family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy,” it added.
For the unversed, Elizabeth II was the Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. She was queen regnant of 32 sovereign states during her life and served as monarch of 15 of them at the time of her death. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days is the longest of any British monarch and the longest recorded of any female head of state in history.
On 8 September 2022, the Buckingham Palace announced that Queen Elizabeth II was under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle after doctors expressed concern. Her death was confirmed that evening at 18:30 BST, setting in motion Operation London Bridge and, because she died in Scotland, Operation Unicorn.
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