Louise Minchin in tears as Bill Turnbull sends her emotional message for last day on BBC Breakfast

By Megan Nisbet

Louise Minchin has been a familiar face on BBC Breakfast for the last 20 years, but today marked her last on the broadcaster's flagship morning show.

To say goodbye, Louise's co-host Dan Walker and the BBC Breakfast team made sure it was a show full of surprises.

After an emotional start, which saw Louise receive a warm welcome from her applauding colleagues a "beautiful film" was played showcasing the journalist's work over the last two decades.

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Dan told Louise to "compose herself" as the compilation started and highlighted the presenter's coverage of major events, red sofa mishaps and morning selfies.

It also featured interviews with her father, husband and two daughters who all said they were looking forward to Louise's 3:40am alarm being cancelled.

There were also messages from stars such as Rebecca Adlington, Rick Astley, Michael Ball and Darcey Bussell.

Louise Minchin in tears over Bill Turnbull during her last day on BBC Breakfast (BBC)

Louise was emotional throughout but it was an appearance from her former co-host Bill Turnbull, who she presented the show with before he quit in 2016, that left her in tears.

In his fond farewell, he said: "Louise Minchin, let me tell you what those words mean to me. A truly great professional sofa partner, who always had a smile on her face. Well, most of the time. An amazing, amazing athlete and I'm proud to have helped inspire you by letting you win when we raced against each other.

"But most of all I think of a warm, sunny person who will always be my friend. So from all of us who have been with you over the past 20 years, watching and working, we want to wish you the very, very best."

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