‘Our hearts are broken’: How the UK papers reported the Queen’s death | Daily News

‘Our hearts are broken’: How the UK papers reported the Queen’s death

The UK’s newspapers have published their first editions since the Queen’s death. Here are their historic front pages.
The UK’s newspapers have published their first editions since the Queen’s death. Here are their historic front pages.

UK: THE SUN swaps its usual red top for regal purple and the headline “We loved you Ma’am”. It says her passing marks “an end to her historic reign” and has sparked an “outpouring of grief”. It also asks if the day of the funeral might be declared a bank holiday.

THE MIRROR’S front page carries the simple message “Thank you” as the “nation begins to come to terms with the loss of the 96-year-old monarch”. It also reports that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children are now entitled to HRH titles, citing rules set out by King George V in 1917.

THE EXPRESS splashes with “Our beloved Queen is dead”, and describes how Britons flooded the streets “united in grief”, and “weeping crowds” sang the national anthem outside Buckingham Palace.

THE DAILY MAIL publishes a “historic special edition” under the headline: “Our hearts are broken”. It says that unlike some of her predecessors, the Queen’s reign will defy categorisation as an “age”, because her time on the throne “simply spanned too much”. THE TIMES’ obituary reflects on the Queen’s life that spanned “an era of vast social, material and technological change”, asking “who would have believed the Queen we once knew would have agreed to take part in a stunt with James Bond for the opening of the London 2012 Olympics?” Above all, the paper says “she was the woman who saved the monarchy in this country”. Its political sketch describes how the “political din” of the Commons fell quiet, as a note alerted MPs to the monarch’s failing health: “suddenly nothing else much mattered”.

THE TELEGRAPH carries the headline “Grief is the price we pay for love”. Inside it describes the Queen as a “calm presence” who was “steadfast” and “self-effacing”. It casts forward to King Charles’s reign, noting the new monarch has “vowed to avoid ‘meddling’ in politics, but is unlikely to stop fighting for the causes he has championed for decades”. It adds that no one who knows Charles expects him to reign in the same way as his mother.

THE GUARDIANS front page pictures the Queen at her coronation, noting she is the oldest sovereign in the country’s history but also its longest serving. It describes the Queen as “woven into the cloth of our lives so completely” in a reign that encompassed a period that saw some of the greatest changes of any era.

THE METRO dedicates its front page to a portrait from her younger years. The tribute continues inside, with the leading article on her death running under the headline: “The Rock of our Nation.”

- AGENCIES


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