Dame Kelly Holmes breaks down in tears on first day as Loose Women panellist

ITV's Loose Women was back on at lunchtime today for the first time since having a four-day break in the wake of the Queen's death last Thursday (September 8) and emotions were running high.

Dame Kelly Holmes joined the panel for the first time and teared up during a moving opening montage of Her Majesty's life.

Set to the operatic and stirring Time To Say Goodbye, the introduction featured some lovely moments from the Queen's life as well as some sadder ones such as when she sat alone at the funeral of her late husband, Prince Phillip.

The montage ended with Dame Vera Lynn singing The White Cliffs of Dover and led into Ruth Langsford's introduction to the show.

Though by the time the panellists had watched the montage there was barely a dry eye in the house, most notably newcomer Dame Kelly, 52, who appeared particularly moved by the tribute as Ruth, 62, said: "It's already got Kelly in tears, I've got the tissues."

From today, Dame Kelly has joined Loose Women as a full-time panellist. The Olympic legend announced that she was gay earlier this year and revealed she was inspired to join the show after the reaction to her emotional documentary Kelly Holmes: Being Me.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: "I hope I can bring my energy to the show and I will be up for doing any mad experiences that they throw at me."

She added: "It will be so different to anything I have done before in my career, but now I have found my authentic voice since the airing of my documentary, I will join in on many conversations that I felt I never could before."

The athlete, who won the 800m and 1,500m titles at the 2004 Olympic Games, spoke openly about her sexuality for the first time in June as she declared that she "finally feels free" after years of living a "secret" life.

In a post on Instagram, she revealed: "I have lived in fear for 34 years and I am exhausted and don’t want to anymore. I hope those that read my story will help me through this next scary phase but also be there for others."

Following the sad news that Her Majesty had passed away last week, Loose Women was cancelled to make room in the schedule for ITV news specials and longer episodes of This Morning.

This was to ensure the maximum coverage of the many significant events in the royal calendar.

It was the second time this month that Loose Women viewers missed out on the programme as it was also cut short when ITV reacted to the news of a new Prime Minister.

Gogglebox continued to air following the Queen's death but many other staples were bumped including EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

This year’s Strictly Come Dancing's 2022 launch show was also officially postponed.

The highly anticipated launch show for the BBC One show's 20th series was due to take place on Saturday, September 17 and would have been the first time this year’s dancing couples were revealed to the public.

However, in the wake of The Queen’s death on Thursday 8 September, the decision was been made to pull the show from its scheduled time-slot as the country continues to mourn its longest-serving monarch.

The launch show will now air on Friday September 23 and will be followed by the first live show on Saturday September 24, the BBC has said.

Over a million people are expected to visit the Queen's coffin in the next three days with coverage on TV so it's possible there could be more disruption to scheduled TV as mourners from all over the country travel to London to bid a final farewell to the country’s longest reigning monarch.


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