‘Our hearts are broken’: British newspapers mark Queen’s death

LONDON: Heartwarming photos of the Queen Elizabeth II dominated the headlines of Britain’s grieving newspapers on Friday, charting her journey from coronation to matriarch of the nation.
A photograph of the 27-year-old Elizabeth taken at her coronation in 1953, in regal splendor clutching the Sovereign’s Orb and Scepter against the vaulted walls of Westminster Abbey, made headlines in The Times. GuardianDaily Star and Independent.
The SunDaily Telegraph, Daily Express and Daily Mirror instead chose images of the white-haired monarch as she neared the end of her record-breaking 70-year reign.
The Telegraph carried a quote the Queen made for the victims of the attacks on September 11, 2001. “Sadness is the price we pay for love,” she said.
Most tabloids marked the occasion with subdued black-and-white front pages, although the Sun dropped its masthead in purple basil, above the headline ‘We loved you my lady’.
“Rest in peace ma’am. The Sun and our readers loved you. We’re proud you were our queen,” she added.
The Daily Express ran the headline ‘Our beloved Queen is dead’, while the Daily Mirror simply wrote ‘Thank you’.
“Our hearts are broken,” read the Daily Mail headline.
“How to find the words? Our grief is a hundred different emotions, all of them difficult to understand,” its headline read.
“As God Save the Queen played on the radio and television, as we heard that our beloved monarch had died, the heart of a nation broke,” it added.
The story unsurprisingly filled the inside pages of commemorative publications, with most devoting at least 20 pages to the seismic events.
“A light has gone out in our lives. The day Britain and much of the world feared is upon us. It is gone,” said The Sun editorial.
“The mother of our nation. The most famous, the most loved, the most respected woman in the world. The backbone of Britain.
“It is quite simply difficult to think of British life without her presence,” he added. “The new world will seem strange.”
In their obituary, The Times described Elizabeth as “the woman who saved the monarchy”.
“Thanks to her dedication and seriousness of purpose, an institution that at times seemed outdated and out of step with the values ​​of modern society continues to be relevant and popular today.”
Inside the left-wing Guardian, columnist Jonathan Freedland wrote that her death heralded the start of a “new future”.
“The one element in our collective life that was consistently, reliably the same … is gone.”
The Daily Telegraph meanwhile paid tribute to Elizabeth’s “lifelong service”.
“She was more than a distant, matriarchal symbol of nationhood; she was our constant companion and guide, reassuringly composed even in the most turbulent times.
“The Second Age of Elizabeth comes to the end of Long Live the King Charles III,” he said.

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