Ms Rainer said the “seriousness” of the situation was underlined by the fact that they were willing to boycott such a big moment in Parliament.
I was trying to get the message across to him [Sir Keir] Without being too dramatic, but also I don’t know exactly what was going on, but I needed to get him out of the hall.”
“I kept the note and was trying to think, how am I going to get it to Kerr without totally screwing up what he’s trying to say, because if someone tries to give you information when you’re in the middle of a conversation, the most distracting thing, so I’ve been waiting for the opportunity to do that.”
When Mrs Rayner looked on and caught the eye of Mr Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, he indicated that she needed to move on. “It’s giving me a ‘actually very urgent’ nod,” she said. “So I kind of knew it was a very important moment.”
Ms Rainer said she was also concerned about how and when news of the Queen’s death might emerge and did not want that to happen before Sir Keir was briefed.
“If Kerr was at his most extreme when the news broke, I didn’t protect him from the circumstances,” she added. She said she realized that events would “change everything”.
After leaving the room, Mrs. Rayner and Sir Keir were briefed by Simon Case, Cabinet Secretary, and learned of the King’s death shortly before. It has been announced That evening at 6:30 pm.