Kristy Young is coming out of retirement again for the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II today after having stepped away from her career due to health conditions.
The presenter (53 years old) quit her decade-long role as the host of the BBC's Desert Island Discs in 2018 amid fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
She came out of retreat earlier this year to provide coverage of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which Kirsty had described as an amazing moment she had never enjoyed.
At a time, she teased it could lead to a wider return to her presenting career, and she's now set to front coverage of the Queen's funeral alongside David Dimbleby (83 years old).
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She initially stepped away from her career after being diagnosed with secondary fibromyalgia, a long-term condition that can cause widespread pain and extreme tiredness.
It's been reported that the onset of the condition was triggered by her having rheumatoid arthritis, which can involve pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints.
Kirsty, who hosted Crimewatch from 2008 to 2015, spoke about her health in an interview with the Sunday Times Magazine in May, as reported by The Telegraph.
She opened up that her fibromyalgia left her struggling to perform everyday tasks like cooking and driving, describing the pain as feeling like she'd been hit “with a baseball bat.”
Kirsty explained to the magazine: “It's like somebody had drugged her like you had taken a sleeping tablet at the wrong time in the day, and you were completely losing it.”
She said that quitting Desert Island Discs, which she hosted from 2006 until 2018, was “clearly the only option” as she tried to manage the condition with her doctor.
She has earlier said that her doctor encouraged her to scale back work commitments, saying that she needed a period of rest and fewer stress factors alongside medication.
Kirsty, who admitted that she faced depression at one point, said that with the help of a specialist and a pared-down lifestyle, she has since come off most of her medication.
Since stepping away from her busy lifestyle, she's said to have “reframed” her life, taking up reading, spending more time with family, and “reconnecting” with the world.
Kirsty's two children and two step-children with her husband Nick Jones (58 years old) said earlier this year that she “couldn't resist” working on the Jubilee coverage.
Today's late monarch's funeral marks a further return to presenting for Kirsty, part of the BBC's line-up for its coverage, alongside Huw Edwards (61 years old).
It comes at the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8. She was succeeded on the throne by her eldest son, King Charles III, formerly known as Prince Charles.
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