BBC News change iconic upbeat theme tune during Queen’s mourning period

The BBC has revealed they will be changing their familiar music which precedes bulletins in honour of Queen Elizabeth II.

The usual and familiar rhythmic beeps and drum beats will now change to a lighter and slower melody.

Sequences displaying flowers being laid in the Queen’s honour alongside the new King greeting crowds appear.

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An image of the Queen’s coffin being taken into the Palace of Holyrood house with King Charles looking on appearing downcast in the wake of his mother’s passing is also featured.

The new montage has been met with praise in what has been a difficult week for many.

Commenting on the changes, one viewer tweeted: " Just heard the new, sombre version of the @BBCNews theme. Beautiful. Extremely well judged.”

Another added: “I get goosebumps and tears start streaming as I watch these. So, moving."

A third posted simply: "Very fitting for the occasion. Well done."

The usual BBC introductions showed images of the Corporation's correspondents around the world getting ready to broadcast.

It is also accompanied when they air on the BBC News Channel by a clock which counts down to the start of the next bulletin.

But this has now been replaced as the country prepares for one of the biggest funerals in the past century.

The move was unveiled online by BBC News' creative director Chris Cook, who wrote: "New Countdown from today."

Queen Elizabeth’s funeral will take place on 19 September at 11am after an awe-inspiring 75 years on the throne.


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