Today host Allison Langdon is shocked as sports reporter Tony Jones says the Queen’s death is ‘inevitable’ as she celebrates her platinum anniversary
Four days of celebrations and parades across the UK have begun to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and her 70-year reign on the British throne.
But an Australian TV reporter decided the historic milestone was the perfect time to remind viewers that the 96-year-old monarch will one day die “inevitably.”
Channel Nine sports reporter Tony Jones made an odd comment during an appearance on the Today show, which left host Allison Langdon horrified.
Shocked: Host Allison Langdon (center, with Charles Croucher) was shocked Friday when sportscaster Tony Jones (right) said ‘it’s inevitable’ that the Queen will eventually die
‘I love the royal family. I love them. Long may she reign. At 96, of course, the inevitable comes,” said Jones, 60.
Langdon, 43, replied solemnly: ‘Oh, TJ..’
Jones continued: “I’m not being rude about that, but I think it’s inevitable that at 96 years old, she won’t be on the throne forever.”
He made the blunt remark in response to Langdon’s question about whether it was time for Australia to ‘demolish’ the monarchy and become a republic.
Jones said he was an “unabashed monarchist” and praised the Queen for inspiring pro-royal sentiment in Australia, despite the best efforts of Republican lobbyists.
“I know she had Prince Philip as her rock, but her children haven’t done much in terms of warmth and want us to remain a monarchy,” he said.
“But the grandchildren and great-grandchildren have just revived the entire royal family and I love them.”
Australian Queen: Four days of celebrations and parades in the UK have begun to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and her 70th reign on the British throne
The UK is embracing the special extended four-day bank holiday weekend of pomp and star-studded festivities, with celebrities and the public gathering millions in honor of the monarch.
The Queen has “with great reluctance” withdrawn from Friday’s Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace announced.
The monarch, who suffers from mobility issues, is said to have experienced ‘discomfort’ during Thursday’s events.
Gaffe: ‘I love the royal family. I love them. Long may she reign. At 96, of course, the inevitable comes,” said Jones, 60. Langdon, 43, solemnly replied, “Oh, TJ..”
However, the head of state will still appear at the lighting of the beacons on Friday evening at Windsor Castle.
The palace said: ‘The Queen thoroughly enjoyed today’s Birthday Parade and Flypas, but did experience some discomfort.’
In a full statement, a spokesperson added: ‘Taking into account the required travel and activity’ [to] attends the National Service of Thanksgiving tomorrow at St Paul’s Cathedral, Her Majesty has reluctantly decided she will not attend.
“The Queen is looking forward to taking part in the Beacon lighting event at Windsor Castle tonight and would like to thank everyone who made today such a memorable event.”
Appearance: The Queen will appear Friday night at the lights of the beacon event at Windsor Castle after withdrawing from the Platinum Jubilee Thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral. (Pictured on June 2)