Sunrise's Nat Barr tears up live on-air over sweet Queen tribute

Sunrise host Natalie Barr became emotional live on-air on Friday morning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at age 96.

Her Majesty, Britain's longest-serving monarch, passed away ‘peacefully’ at her castle in Balmoral, Scotland after struggling with health issues all year.

Sunrise host Natalie Barr and Queen Elizabeth II.
Sunrise host Natalie Barr fought back tears while watching tributes to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday morning. Photos: Channel Seven / Getty

Nat tried to fight back tears on the breakfast show as she watched a compilation of moments from the monarch’s 70-year reign, including her recent Platinum Jubilee sketch with Paddington Bear.

The comical video, which has since racked up millions of views online, saw the two British icons sharing tea and marmalade sandwiches at Buckingham Palace.


“How cute was that?” host David ‘Kochie’ Koch remarked.

“Aw, yeah that was great,” Nat replied before she took a deep breath to seemingly hold back her emotions.

Kochie also read out Paddington’s sweet tribute to the Queen on Twitter which read: “Thank you Ma’am, for everything.”

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Sunrise broke the news of the Queen’s death with a special broadcast at 4:30am, with Kochie and Nat both wearing black.

“Hello Australia, you are waking up to the sad news that the Queen has died overnight,” Kochie said.

“It’s the day we knew was inevitable but had hoped would never come. Queen Elizabeth II passed away at age 96 after 70 years on the throne.”

Meanwhile on Channel Nine, Karl Stefanovic welcomed viewers to a special edition of Today.

“We’re bringing you the sad news this morning that the Queen, the longest serving British monarch, has died aged 96.”

Sunrise hosts Natalie Barr and David ‘Kochie’ Koch wearing black.
Nat and Kochie wore black as they broke the news that Queen Elizabeth II had died. Photo: Channel Seven

The Queen dies aged 96

This comes after the Queen’s death was announced by Buckingham Palace on Friday morning AEST.

Their statement said: “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

Charles quickly issued his own statement, saying: “The death of my beloved Mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.”

“We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved Mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

“During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which The Queen was so widely held,” he finished.

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