David Dimbleby follows in his father’s footsteps as he leads the BBC on commitment

David Dimbleby followed in his father’s footsteps when he made a BBC broadcast about the Queen’s pledge at Windsor Castle.

The veteran broadcaster, 83, was commenting for the service at St George’s Chapel inside the royal residence after being batoned by Huw Edwards.

His father, Richard Dimbleby, was one of the BBC’s main news commentators in the 1950s and 1960s and led major events including the Queen’s coronation in 1953, as well as George’s funeral. VI, Winston Churchill and US President John F Kennedy.


BBC (PA) commentator Richard Dimbleby

The broadcaster, who died in December 1965 at the age of 52 from testicular cancer, was known for his clear dispensability and accurate description.

An often cited example of this is when he said the drums at the funeral of US President Kennedy “beat like a man’s heart”.

David was a presenter of Question Time until 2018 and has since produced documentaries for the television station, most recently appearing on screen last month for the Days That Shook series The BBC.

BBC Radio 2 presenter Bob Harris tweeted: “So fitting that David Dimbleby is describing the procession to Windsor Castle.

“I still remember his father’s calm and unparalleled description of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation in 1953.”

On Monday, David was stationed at Windsor and took over from Edwards after BBC Welsh ended coverage of the funeral service at Westminster Abbey and the procession that followed.

Edwards has been widely praised for the broadcaster’s ability to handle coverage.

He announced the news live on BBC News, wearing a black suit and tie, at the forefront of the period of national mourning.

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Dan Walker, the main presenter of 5 News on rival Channel 5, was among those to pay tribute to him, tweeting that his work is “exceptional”.

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