good afternoon. the queen marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of her reign today — a milestone no british monarch has reached before. her majesty has marked the occasion with a statement saying she wants camilla, the duchess of cornwall, to be known as queen consort when prince charles eventually becomes king.
this morning, the prince of wales said he and the duchess were "deeply conscious" of the honour bestowed on camilla. here's our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell. "i look forward to continuing to serve you with all my heart." so says the queen in her accession day message. on this day when she marks the 70th anniversary of the moment she came to the throne, it's clear that her commitment remains undimmed by the passage of years. and with that message, a glimpse from buckingham palace of the unseen work of the monarch, the paperwork which comes every day in the official red boxes, a routine which this monarch has followed virtually every day of those 70 years. behind her, a photograph of her late—father, george vi — as, with her private secretary, sir edward young, she reviewed government documents and messages from abroad.
nice comments, including one from president biden. oh, that's very kind. from clarence house, the prince of wales acknowledged what he called the "honour" of his mother's wish, that camilla be known as queen consort when he becomes king. and he said theyjoined with the rest of the country in congratulating the queen on what he called "the remarkable achievement of serving this nation, the realms and commonwealth for 70 years." guests who saw the queen yesterday in the ballroom at sandringham said she looked a little more frail physically than the figure to which we've been accustomed, though she was as alert and sharp as ever. in her message last night, the queen said she was humbled by the loyalty and affection that she continued to receive. the message was signed "your servant, elizabeth r". nicholas witchell, bbc news, sandringham. the duchess of cornwall�*s journey to acceptance by the public and the royal family has, at times, been a difficult one —
her relationship with prince charles only being made public at his 50th birthday celebration, 25 years ago. daniela relph�*s report contains some flashing images. when charles is king, we now know camilla will be his queen. it is the ultimate recognition from the current monarch and a total rehabilitation for camilla. their wedding day in 2005. the journey to this point had, at times, been rocky. camilla parker bowles was a controversial figure, blamed by some for the end of the prince's first marriage. his relationship with a young camilla had faltered in their 20s. decades later, it took until camilla's 50th birthday party at the ritz for them to go public with their romance. the path to acceptance, though, was difficult. but slowly, carefully, camilla won the trust of the queen and began to win over a cautious public. in making it clear what she wants for camilla, the queen has rewarded her daughter—in—law
for her loyalty to prince charles and the happiness and stability she has brought him. it's also a recognition of camilla's own campaigning — from literacy, to animal welfare, to domestic violence, where she recently spoke about the horror of abuse. this country has been appalled and saddened by the loss of women to violence this year. on average, one woman is killed by a man every three days. and in media interviews — here, with the bbc�*s emma barnett — she spoke personally, with warmth and honesty, about missing her grandchildren during lockdown. i shall look forward to the day when i can really give them a huge hug again. camilla had always been described as a non—negotiable part of the prince's life. now we know it is the queen's wish too that camilla will be at her husband's side in the years ahead — as his wife, his supporter and his queen. daniela relph,
bbc news, sandringham. and nicholas witchell is at sandringham, where the queen is spending the day. nick. buckingham palace certainly will monitor carefully the public�*s reaction to the expression by the queen of the wish concerning camilla's future status, but i think they are pretty confident that it will be widely accepted now. as for the queen, today, accession day, well, we are not expecting to see her in public. she is spending the day privately remembering, of course, her late father and her late husband, who spent so much of his time here at sandringham. hick. time here at sandringham. nick, thank ou time here at sandringham. nick, thank you very — time here at sandringham. nick, thank you very much. _ the business secretary kwasi kwarteng has urged tory mps to give the prime minister "time and space" to deliver on his election promises, after a week which has seen resignations from downing street and more tory mps submitting letters of no confidence. 0ur political correspondent helen catt is here. helen who is this message aimed at?
i think this is pretty clearly a message to tory mps who might be thinking this weekend about putting in a letter of no confidence, saying to them, in effect, hold fire. there were a coume _ to them, in effect, hold fire. there were a couple of— to them, in effect, hold fire. there were a couple of new _ to them, in effect, hold fire. ti” were a couple of new appointments last night in downing street, the formerjournalist last night in downing street, the former journalist guto last night in downing street, the formerjournalist guto harri who worked with borisjohnson when he was mayor of london is becoming director of communications. unusually, cabinet minister, an mp, has been appointed as the new chief of staff, steve barclay. there has been some reaction to that, lots of questions being asked this morning about how he will manage to do such about how he will manage to do such a very big job on top of two other jobs already come at labour suggesting it is a sign of panic. but it is a very clear intent of involving mps more with number 10. and interestingly, that whole fire message coming from some backbenchers today. iain duncan smith the former tory leader saying there was not the time for a leadership channel —— challenge and advising would—be rivals to the prime minister to temper their
ambition. . ~ prime minister to temper their ambition. ., ~ , ., the convicted murderer levi bellfield — who is serving a whole life sentence for killing the schoolgirl milly dowler — has now admitted carrying out a double murderfor which another man has been jailed. michael stone has always denied responsibility for the deaths of lin and megan russell in kent in 1996. his lawyer, paul bacon, says he's now received a four—page statement from bellfield, in which he claims to have carried out the attacks. matt graveling reports. lin russell was walking her daughters through the kent countryside when they were attacked with a hammer. lin and six—year—old megan were killed. nine—year—old josie survived. michael stone has twice been found guilty of their murder, but now, almost 26 years on, michael stone's solicitor says he has a document stating that levi bellfield — the man guilty of murdering schoolgirl millie dowler, amelie delagrange and marsha mcdonnell — has confessed to killing lin and megan russell. the last paragraph in the statement says he wants to apologise to michael stone.
yes, i think it's a very important statement. i think there are things in it which can be corroborated. my my first step, as i say, is to send it to the criminal cases review commission. my second step is to pass it to the police. as reported in today's sun newspaper, in the four—page statement, bellfield, who now goes by the name yusuf rahim, details how he carried out the killings, saying he wore yellow washing—up gloves and carried the hammer in his right hand. he said his intention was only to attack lin, but when she failed to scream, it gave him more confidence. is there anything in that document that strikes you? the level of contrition at the end of the statement is quite striking. "something like this has never happened before. i committed a crime and another person has been arrested for it. i guess if i'm honest, it was a relief. i apologise to stone and the russell family for my heinous acts. i was not well in the head during my reign of violence."
bellfield went on to add he is willing to speak to the police. in 2017, stone's legal team obtained evidence of a confession that bellfield had made in prison confessing to the russell murders, but stone's conviction was not overturned. today, kent police said "a comprehensive investigation has been carried out into allegations levi bellfield was involved in the russell murders. "it concluded there was no evidence to support those claims." matt graveling, bbc news. an operation to rescue a boy who'd been trapped in a well in morocco since tuesday has ended in tragedy. emergency workers were able to reach five—year—old rayan yesterday evening but, sadly, he had died. the rescue effort had generated huge public interest in morocco and around the world. one of bollywood's greatest ever singing stars, lata mangeshkar, known as the nightingale of india, has died. she was 92.
her career spanned seven decades and earned her a huge globalfollowing. during her career, she recorded tens of thousands of songs — in more than 30 languages — lending her voice to many bollywood heroines. hello. you're watching the bbc news channel. let's get more now on our top story and the queen's statement that she wants camilla, the duchess of cornwall, to be known as queen consort
when prince charles becomes king. the queen's intervention paves the way for camilla to have a fully—fledged royal role alongside charles. 0ur presenterjane hill is at buckingham palace throughout the day for bbc news. thank you very much. a momentous day, a historic day. a day for quiet reflection for the queen herself. she is not actually here at buckingham palace. she is spending the day at sandringham. she traditionally does spend this day at sandringham, her estate in norfolk. and remembering what for her on a personal level is a hugely sad day, the death of father, at a young age, the death of father, at a young age, the age of 56. and this means of course that the queen is the longest reigning monarch that this country has seen. we have had those pictures released to us in the last little while, some more images from the sandringham, the queen looking at papers that document plans for the platinum jubilee papers that document plans for the platinumjubilee in papers that document plans for the platinum jubilee in the year ahead
and some of those public celebrations. while we see some of those images, let's get the of robert hardman. let's talk to the daily mail's robert hardman, author of the queen of our times it was always going to be an important and poignant day today, but i'm interested from you as a long—time royal watcher what you made of the queen's comments and wishes expressed about camilla. i was surprised. i think like everybody was. and like most people, i think_ everybody was. and like most people, i think it _ everybody was. and like most people, i think it is _ everybody was. and like most people, i think it is very timely and the sensible — i think it is very timely and the sensible thing to do. i think the queen— sensible thing to do. i think the queen is— sensible thing to do. i think the queen is acutely conscious. she is not sentimental. she doesn't spend her life _ not sentimental. she doesn't spend her life looking back. she looks into the — her life looking back. she looks into the future and she can see that when _ into the future and she can see that when king _ into the future and she can see that when king charles, when the next rain begins, the last thing he will want _ rain begins, the last thing he will want is _ rain begins, the last thing he will want is a — rain begins, the last thing he will want is a destruction of some sort of debate — want is a destruction of some sort of debate about what his wife should
be of debate about what his wife should he cold, _ of debate about what his wife should he cold, so _ of debate about what his wife should be cold, so this is a very sensible way of— be cold, so this is a very sensible way of dealing with it. it is not a done _ way of dealing with it. it is not a done deai — way of dealing with it. it is not a done deal. ultimately, it will be down _ done deal. ultimately, it will be down to— done deal. ultimately, it will be down to the government of the day, but nobody— down to the government of the day, but nobody is really going to quibble _ but nobody is really going to quibble because it is the wish of the longest reigning monarch in our history. _ the longest reigning monarch in our history. and — the longest reigning monarch in our history, and on a day like today when _ history, and on a day like today when we — history, and on a day like today when we look back on another record she had _ when we look back on another record she had broken, 70 years, it has never_ she had broken, 70 years, it has never happened before, then who can possibly— never happened before, then who can possibly begrudge the monaco wish? and is— possibly begrudge the monaco wish? and is it _ possibly begrudge the monaco wish? and is it also a recognition, a public recognition of the fact that the monarch needs that help and support, the strength and stay that she referred to her husband as, that extraordinary support she had over so many decades and she is thinking about her son and acknowledging perhaps that he would want someone
by his side? i perhaps that he would want someone b his side? ~ y., �* by his side? i think you're absolutely _ by his side? i think you're absolutely right. - by his side? i think you're absolutely right. it - by his side? i think you're absolutely right. it has i by his side? i think you're i absolutely right. it has been by his side? i think you're - absolutely right. it has been a very difficult _ absolutely right. it has been a very difficult year for the queen and the role of— difficult year for the queen and the role of the — difficult year for the queen and the role of the duke of edinburgh played throughout her reign, we have all come _ throughout her reign, we have all come to— throughout her reign, we have all come to appreciate that and she will be thinking about how important the kin- be thinking about how important the king was— be thinking about how important the king was to her. the picture they have _ king was to her. the picture they have released today, it is next to a photograph — have released today, it is next to a photograph of her father, and her father— photograph of her father, and her father steered this country through the darkest days of history. he absolutely depended on his queen for her support during those days. she was an— her support during those days. she was an absolute rock, queen elizabeth, who we know as the queen mother, _ elizabeth, who we know as the queen mother, to— elizabeth, who we know as the queen mother, to george vi, and that is another— mother, to george vi, and that is another factor in what the queen has decided. it reminds me slightly of the commonwealth summit at buckingham palace where she said it would _ buckingham palace where she said it would be _ buckingham palace where she said it would be her sincere wish, same
words _ would be her sincere wish, same words that— would be her sincere wish, same words that her son, that she should become _ words that her son, that she should become head of the commonwealth and within a _ become head of the commonwealth and within a couple of days commonwealth leaders _ within a couple of days commonwealth leaders had agreed to that. so she is looking — leaders had agreed to that. so she is looking forward, she is taking some _ is looking forward, she is taking some sensible decisions now that i really— some sensible decisions now that i really designed to make things easier— really designed to make things easier for those coming in the future — easier for those coming in the future. �* . , easier for those coming in the future. �* ., ., ,, future. and as we approach the platinum jubilee _ future. and as we approach the platinum jubilee celebrations, l future. and as we approach the - platinum jubilee celebrations, there are so many people in this country who have known no other monarch. all of this today, and the celebrations to come, itjust reminds us how extraordinarily young she was to take the throne.— take the throne. yes, it is extraordinary. _ take the throne. yes, it is i extraordinary. a25-year-old take the throne. yes, it is _ extraordinary. a25-year-old mother extraordinary. a25—year—old mother of two. _ extraordinary. a25—year—old mother of two. and — extraordinary. a25—year—old mother of two, and there is no one else on today's— of two, and there is no one else on today's world stage who has seen as many— today's world stage who has seen as many people are met as many as world
leaders _ many people are met as many as world leaders she _ many people are met as many as world leaders. she started with winston churchill — leaders. she started with winston churchill in downing street. it is impossible to name significant, substantial post—war figure that she hasn't _ substantial post—war figure that she hasn't met— substantial post—war figure that she hasn't met on that level of continuity and experience, from time to time _ continuity and experience, from time to time we _ continuity and experience, from time to time we take it for granted because — to time we take it for granted because she is so reliable and dependable. but round the world he is this— dependable. but round the world he is this absolutely fascinating, enduring world figure. it is not 'ust enduring world figure. it is not just in— enduring world figure. it is not just in this _ enduring world figure. it is not just in this country are indeed in the commonwealth, but the wider world _ the commonwealth, but the wider world today will be looking back and thinking _ world today will be looking back and thinking it _ world today will be looking back and thinking it is quite extraordinary, she is— thinking it is quite extraordinary, she is still— thinking it is quite extraordinary, she is still in the job and she is doing _ she is still in the job and she is doing it — she is still in the job and she is doing it. there is the red box with state _ doing it. there is the red box with state papers and it will be there tomorrow, because the other important thing we heard in the statement is that she is carrying on with the _ statement is that she is carrying on with the job. statement is that she is carrying on with the job-— with the 'ob. yes, continuity is the word. with the job. yes, continuity is the word- thank _ with the job. yes, continuity is the word. thank you _ with the job. yes, continuity is the
word. thank you so _ with the job. yes, continuity is the word. thank you so much, - with the job. yes, continuity is the word. thank you so much, many i word. thank you so much, many thanks. and we are with you throughout the day here stop i apologise, it is a very blustery buckingham palace, but we will persist and there is so much to discuss, reflect on and look forward to. and the big formal celebrations that we know about so far, the public celebrations come with that four day bank holiday weekend and that will begin on the 2nd ofjune, which we hope will see better weather for everyone to celebrate it. we will have more reflections from here at the palace throughout the day. for now, back to you. thank ou ve the day. for now, back to you. thank you very much. _ the day. for now, back to you. thank you very much, jane. _ let's get more now on the death of one of india's most revered singers, lata mangeshkar, who has died at the age of 92. i'm joined now by the asian network's entertainment reporter haroon rashid. what is lata mangeshkars legacy looking forward? she is one of the most prolific singers of all time.
she recorded over 30,000 songs in 30 six different languages in a career spanning seven decades. also, the song she did contribute, they went on to become forever classic, timeless songs that are played in india from the 40s and 50s through to the latest 2000 she was still singing. hervoice never to the latest 2000 she was still singing. her voice never seem to age. in bollywood it is a different singer singing and age. in bollywood it is a different singersinging and a age. in bollywood it is a different singer singing and a different actor or actress performing on screen, so she was the voice of generations of actresses. ., , ,, , ., actresses. how did she keep going for so long? _ actresses. how did she keep going for so long? it— actresses. how did she keep going for so long? it is _ actresses. how did she keep going for so long? it is a _ actresses. how did she keep going for so long? it is a good _ actresses. how did she keep going for so long? it is a good question. | for so long? it is a good question. firstl , for so long? it is a good question. firstly. she _ for so long? it is a good question. firstly. she says _ for so long? it is a good question. firstly, she says she _ for so long? it is a good question. firstly, she says she was - for so long? it is a good question. firstly, she says she was always l firstly, she says she was always very eager to work once she became successful and she enjoyed it, but it is ironic that she never wanted to become a singer. she went into the entertainment business because her father died when she was 13 and she had four younger siblings who she had four younger siblings who she had four younger siblings who she had to fend for and that is how she had to fend for and that is how she came into the business, later
started to enjoy it and that huge success. started to en'oy it and that huge success. , . , started to en'oy it and that huge success. ,, ., , ,., success. she was powerful in the industry and _ success. she was powerful in the industry and bringing _ success. she was powerful in the industry and bringing about - success. she was powerful in the i industry and bringing about change. in the 70s lata mangeshkar led a strong protest to demand royalties for singers in bollywood and this is at a time when nobody knew what royalties were. a very famous singer, she fell out with him because he didn't understand what he was asking for. notjust that, but internationally her stardom was so powerful, here in the uk she was a first indian singer to perform at the royal albert hall. but she could really, even if you went to south or ilford or birmingham, areas with big asian populations, you would hear her music played on the street even today. a powerful storm has struck madagascar — the second in two weeks. cyclone batsirai has winds of about 180 kilometres an hour, and more floods and landslides
are expected. aid agencies have set up emergency shelters, where there are fears of significant and widespread damage to homes. lucy grey has more details. cyclone batsirai making landfall, heavy rain and winds of more than 180 kilometres an hour batter madagascar, the island still reeling from a storm less than a fortnight ago. they've been preparing, reinforcing their roofs here, and taking shelter. 200 people crammed into this one room, bracing themselves for the full force of the cyclone. translation: the problem| is there is no drinking water, there is nothing, we make do with what we have at first but it scares us because of diseases and all that, it makes us anxious. i am a widow, i have no husband. i have difficulty finding food and so do my children. less than two weeks ago, tropical storm anna caused landslides and widespread flooding, leaving at least 55 people dead, and tens
of thousands homeless. many are still in the evacuation centres and temporary shelters they had fled then. it's a major concern for aid agencies and the un. madagascar was already hit by tropical storm anna, which brought winds, heavy rains, destruction and loss of life. more than 130,000 people were affected across madagascar, including over 70,000 people who were displaced. storm anna also hit malawi, mozambique and zimbabwe, killing dozens of people. the emergency services are already at full stretch, and humanitarian agencies warn hundreds of thousands of people will be directly affected by cyclone batsirai with widespread damage to homes. around 4 million people now nervously wait to see what they will have to deal with after the storm has passed. lucy grey, bbc news. it's one of the most famous frocks in movie history — the nightdress worn by scarlett 0'hara — aka the actor vivien leigh —
in gone with the wind. it was found several years ago, stuffed into a plastic bag in devon, where it then went on display in a museum, but without proper storage there are fears it could be permanently damaged. andrea 0rmsby has been to have a look. vivien leigh wore some pretty epic dresses when she played scarlett 0'hara in gone with the wind. today, the film is regarded as controversial because of issues over race and consent, but in its day it was a big deal, winning ten oscars and in real terms it remains the biggest grossing film of all time. the world premiere of the film of gone with the wind, in which the chief part of scarlett 0'hara is played by britain's own vivien leigh. and here she is! and here is the nightdress she wore in the film, now on display at the museum in topsham. before it was a museum, it was a house to which vivien leigh was a regular visitor. many years later, the nightdress was found here in a chest
of drawers, unceremoniously shoved into a supermarket plastic bag. i mean, nobody could quite believe it. they knew, obviously, the connection with vivien leigh, but to find something like that nightdress here was absolutely amazing. sadly, i don't think i would fit into this beautiful nightdress. there is plenty of vivien leigh memorabilia here at topsham museum, but this really is the star of the show, and it is incredible to believe it was just found scrunched up in a bag. it is super valuable here to this museum, but i don't think there is any chance it will ever be put up for auction. as far as we are concerned, it is an object belonging to the museum and we need to preserve it and keep it for future generations to enjoy it. there is no thought of selling it or, as i say, i really don't want to know what the value is! 0ne dress from the film sold for more than £100,000.
this is another dress worn by the actress at a premiere attended by the king and queen, but both garments are deteriorating because conservation is costly. it is the most lovely item. sadly, the sequins are beginning to fall off and why it is spread out like this is that we don't have a proper box to keep it in. it can't be on display the whole time. at all at the moment because of the sequin problems. it would be lovely to have the funds for conservation, but there we are. the topsham connection to vivien leigh is little known, but the museum which opens again on march the 30th has a fascinating insight into her life. a drug that's considered the most expensive in the world has been approved for use in the uk, after the nhs negotiated a discount to use it. libmeldy treats an extremely rare
condition called mld, which causes severe damage to a child's nervous system and organs. gill dummigan has been finding out more about it from a family in cumbria. in cumbria, joe isjust a typical 11—year—old. he loves computer games along with a bit of sport. paddle boarding. i enjoy doing a little bit of kayaking. butjoe's life has been anything but normal. at four years old he was diagnosed with mld, an incredibly rare progressive disorder, along with his oldest sister. there is a huge element of grief and guilt and i think you are injust a complete sense of shock. this is too unbelievable to think it has happened once, but for it to happen a second time, itjust defies belief. connie was already showing symptoms, but becausejoe wasn't, he was able to start an experimental
treatment in italy. it saved his life, but treatment abroad created yet more pressure on the family. to have to pick them up and travel to a country where you don't speak the language and you have got no support network, there is no family or friends, and you don't really know where you are going, it's quite a scary thing to do. but from now on, families likejoe's won't be going to milan for treatment, but to here to manchester, because the royal children's hospital has just become the one place in the uk to offer the treatment. the trust is a leading research centre which specialises in cutting—edge treatments. this one combines a bone marrow transplant with the new drug. we can take stem cells from the patient themselves. we then genetically modify them with the drug in a lab, and then infuse them back in. it is a one—off treatment, with a reported price tag of £2.8 million. but the nhs has negotiated a significant discount,
and so it is set to transform lives here. children with this condition would previously have died, usually before the age of ten. and so to give them a treatment which can potentially give them a normal lifestyle and normal function throughout that life would be really very transformative and it is hard to put a price on that. joe now has a future to look forward to. this new treatment ensures that others will be able to beat this condition, too. if you're out and about today, take a look at how many cars are parked on the pavement. the chances are, there'll be loads. that's unless you live in london, where a blanket ban on pavement parking has been in place — and enforced — since 197a. the charity guide dogs says it's causing huge problems for blind and partially sighted people, and they want the rest of the uk brought into line with london. heidi tomlinson has been finding out more. meet terry quinn and
guide dog spencer. i trust spencer with my life and he is my eyes, really. to the curb. they both enjoy a daily walk baildon and shipley, except, that is, when the footpath is blocked, which is what happened a few days ago. it is a really, really busy road it is horrendously busy. the paths are very narrow we couldn't get past, so at that point you have to put your trust in spencer, but it terrifies you because you can hear all this traffic whizzing by. you are not quite sure how far into the road this vehicle is. my heart is beating out of my skin. spencer is trained to keep quite close to whatever the obstacle is, and then he'll find his way back onto the pavement. in, in, in. guide dogs are trained to deal
with these situations, but it is still risky. good boy. thank you. the police have been in contact with some of the drivers of the cars that were blocking the path. they say they just weren't aware they were causing such a problem, and there will now be more patrols in this area as a result of terry's experience. now the guide dogs charity is calling for parking on pavements to be banned, like it is in london. the government held a consultation on the policy in 2020 and is considering further restrictions. i worry each time i go out. i am scared that either spencer or myself can get hurt. 0n the day terry was filming, his path was blocked twice. once again, spencer calmly guided him round. how many more times before there is an accident? now it's time for a look at the weather with chris fawkes. hello again. we are looking at a day of sunshine and showers, but the showers have been and will be falling as snow
across higher parts of scotland. we have seen a good covering in parts of the highlands already. so there are the showers. the early morning rain and strong winds we have had across england and wales clearing out into the near continent, but the rain may well linger across western cornwall. otherwise, we are all in the same boat. the showers most frequent across north—western areas, where there have been loads of showers. there will be some further accumulations in scotland where in the hills it could make up to 10 to 15 centimetres, bringing some localised transport disruption. 0vernight the showers continue for a time, but later in the night it should tend to die away. there will be a frost and we could have some icy stretches to take us into monday morning. quite a nice sunrise first thing monday. then we will have cloud thicken from the west. a bit of rain and drizzle works its way in. there could be some mist and fog patches around coasts and hills as well. we end the day with heavy rain pushing into western scotland, but tomorrow will be much milder.