Kelly Holmes emotional during first day on Loose Women as she remembers Queen
Dame Kelly Holmes had tears in her eyes on her first day as a panellist on Loose Women as she spoke about the Queen’s death.
The Olympic athlete also used to serve in the military, meaning she has an even more profound connection to Her Majesty.
Loose Women had been off the air for four days following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II but returned today with its newest panel member – Dame Kelly.
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As the show opened, one of the Queen’s favourite songs played, White Cliffs of Dover by Vera Lynn, which had Dame Kelly, 52, in tears.
Then, when speaking about how she felt when she heard the news of the Queen’s death, she said she felt a pain in her heart
When speaking about when she was a driver in the British Army, Dame Kely said: “There’s a real personal link between the armed forces and anyone who served because you pledge your allegiance to the Queen.
“And that’s the first thing you do when you join – for me that was always a life allegiance because you serve the Crown, not the government.”
She added: "I am really fortunate to be here today. It's a memorable moment to have the opportunity to speak about the Queen. Even the footage set me off."
Viewers took to Twitter to praise Dame Kelly, with one fan saying: “How beautiful is Kelly inside and out”.
Later on the show, yellow panellist singer Brenda Edwards, also broke down in teats as she recalled a touching letter King Charles had sent her after the death of her son, Jamal.
Jamal, who was an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust, died in February this year from cardiac arrest aged 31.
Brenda bravely shared some of the contents of the heartfelt letter.
In it, the new King wrote how he wanted to share his "deepest sympathy" with Brenda and her daughter, Tanisha. He said he would "never forget Jamal's dedication and support in helping with my Prince’s Trust over the years," before saying he was "greatly respected and liked by my Trust's staff, supporters and young people who he met during the many years of his involvement."
He also wrote: "I have such fond memories of the time I met him and can ill afford to lose someone in this country someone as exceptionally special as your dear son."
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