‘I promise you’: what the newspapers said about King Charles’ speech | King Charles III

King Charles III’s emotional speech to a grieving nation made headlines on Saturday, which highlighted his tender language towards his “dear mum” and his promise to serve the people in a similar spirit to the Queen.

The Times he used a wrapper showing a pensive Charles outside Buckingham Palace, and his front page inside depicted him in the Blue Drawing Room inside the palace, at a desk bearing a photograph of his mother. The title is “I Pledge Myself to You.”

Times front (inside wrap cover): I pledge myself to you. #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/vlivQEbC2b

— George Mann 🫧⚒️🫧 (@sgfmann) September 9, 2022

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God Save The King

“Wherever you may live in the UK, or in the realms and territories across the world, and whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavour to serve you with loyalty, respect and love”https://t.co/GLT77AsWfu pic.twitter.com/vekO3NbDLC

— The Times and The Sunday Times (@thetimes) September 9, 2022

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The Guardian it uses an image of Charles having a moment of quiet reflection and carries a line from Friday’s speech as the title: “I will try to serve you with faith and love.” It carries a 40-page supplement inside, charting a royal life.

Guardian front page, Saturday 10 September 2022: 'I shall endeavour to serve you with loyalty and love' pic.twitter.com/AQLhq4B8cQ

— Guardian news (@guardiannews) September 9, 2022

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The Daily Mail it features a very emotional image of a tearful Charles making his speech, which he described as “an exquisite and deeply personal tribute” to the Queen. Its title is: “Charles’ tearful tribute to his beloved mum”.

Saturday’s @DailyMailUK #MailFrontPages pic.twitter.com/Pk9nBMBC4b

— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) September 9, 2022

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Dark shades dominate Daily Mirror’s front page, which examines the emotive leadership style that Charles wishes to exercise. Picturing him sitting in his office, the title is “Our new King’s promise to the nation…loyalty, respect, love.”

Saturday's front page: Our new King's pledge to the nation….Loyalty, respect, love.https://t.co/QQYWLToul1

#TomorrowPapersToday

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— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) September 9, 2022

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The Daily Telegraph looks at Charles’s gratitude to his mother and his promise to follow her example during his reign. “To my dearest mother, thank you” is the title. Markers for commentary pieces dominate the bottom half, detailing everything from personal encounters with King Charles III and Queen Elizabeth II to how the Queen was trying to be good, rather than the ‘queen of hearts’.

The front page of tomorrow's Daily Telegraph:

'To my darling Mama, thank you'https://t.co/6UXtz8AREq pic.twitter.com/qtJT0hCTKV

— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) September 9, 2022

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The the weekend it says simply “My dearest mum” in its title and features Charles giving a royal wave, with Camilla, now Queen Consort, behind him.

The i: My darling Mama #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/esJh3ZrJkc

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The Sun it continues to use a rich shade of purple on its front and has placed ‘God save the king’ below its logo. Its front page shows Charles gazing adoringly at his mother, with the caption ‘to my dear mum, thank you’. His wrap highlights three key takeaways from Friday’s speech: first, one about his love for his wife Camilla, who is now Queen Consort. Second, William and Catherine became Prince and Princess of Wales. and lastly, his love for Harry and Meghan.

On tomorrow's front page: 'To my darling Mama, thank you' pic.twitter.com/vif6Y7wynB

— The Sun (@TheSun) September 9, 2022

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The FT weekend it gives Charles a full-width image, showing him mingling with well-wishers outside Buckingham Palace and the caption: ‘I will try to serve with loyalty, respect and love’. A dispatch at the bottom of the page describes the scenes outside the palace as dignified, with a crowd from all walks of life. “These are the days when Britain does well, when the country shakes off its self-doubt and gets its attention,” write Henry Mance and Jennifer Williams.

FT weekend:‘I shall endeavour to serve with
loyalty, respect and love’ #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/z0WPd8UsWA

— George Mann 🫧⚒️🫧 (@sgfmann) September 9, 2022

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The Daily Express it shows a slightly red-eyed Charles during his speech and its title is the Hamlet quote he used in his message to his mother: “May ‘flights of Angels sing thee in thy rest’.”

Saturday's Front Cover: 'May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest'https://t.co/z4HqYIJXvS#TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/GZqvP3OnXv

— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) September 9, 2022

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The Daily registration it highlights Charles’ principles of “faith, respect and love” and also presents an image of the Queen in the prime of her youth for her departure.

Daily Record: Loyalty, respect & love. #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/HbH4O6CE1V

— George Mann 🫧⚒️🫧 (@sgfmann) September 9, 2022

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The National gives its front page to a child adding a floral tribute to the many already laid in the ground, saying in the headline “Scotland Pays Tribute”.

The National: Scotland pays its tributes #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/BrKASDYkFz

— George Mann 🫧⚒️🫧 (@sgfmann) September 9, 2022

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