BBC Breakfast fans confused as star ditches black tie amid Queens death report

BBC Breakfast fans were left confused as one correspondent ditched his black tie amid coverage of Queen Elizabeth II's death.

In accordance with the 10-day mourning period in place across the country, broadcasters and other TV stars have been wearing sombre attire when appearing on our screens – but reporter Tim Muffett appeared to buck the trend.

Newscasters are required to have black clothes on standby in the studio in the event of a royal death, with a strict dress code in place.

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The same dress code is in place for the royals, who must wear black during the mourning period – and even left Queen Elizabeth II herself scrambling for a black outfit when her father died.

Upon the death of King George VI in February 1952, the Queen had to be brought an appropriate dress while she was travelling – a scene documented in series one of The Crown, when a dress was brought aboard her private plane for her to change into before greeting the public.

However, during Wednesday's (September 14) instalment of the breakfast programme, Tim instead opted for a navy blue tie and pale blue shirt.

He did, however, keep up a sombre appearance with a charcoal grey blazer as he interviewed mourners joining the 30-hour queue to see the Queen's coffin.

Taking to Twitter to air their thoughts, viewers questioned his strange wardrobe choice as one asked: "@BBCBreakfast please could you tell me why Tim Muffett isn’t wearing a dark tie?"

Another agreed: "He’s consistently not worn black. Why is this?"

Someone else then followed up: "Tim Muffett obviously forgot his black tie today #BBCBreakfast!" as a fourth viewer penned: "Throughout this sad time he’s not worn black. I’ve often wondered quite why."

Yesterday (September 13), Tim had opted for the same grey blazer paired with a burgundy tie and blue shirt – again leaving fans baffled.

Today he was stationed on Lambeth Bridge to interview a group of women who had waited overnight to file past the coffin at Westminster Abbey.

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One woman said: "It's the least we can do to pay our respects to our Queen. She's been a rock through Covid and everything. Her message didn't stop Covid but it does make us feel better."

But one viewer wasn't pleased with what they were seeing on-screen, as they moaned on Twitter: "The breakfast shows have absolutely no content. The 24hr news since Thursday make the shows irrelevant.

"You’d need to be staying in a cave in the Himalayas not to know what’s happening. Talking to random people in a queue is not news or quality content!"

BBC Breakfast airs daily from 6am on BBC One.


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