‘Our hearts are broken’: how UK newspapers reported Queen’s death | The Queen

Pictures of the Queen fill the front pages of the daily newspapers, with patriotism and praise as Britain marks a historic and somber day.

The sun it swaps out the usual red top for royal purple and the caption ‘We Loved You My Lady’. It says her death marks “an end to her historic reign” and has sparked an “outbreak of grief”. It is also asked whether the day of the funeral can be declared a holiday.

On tomorrow's front page: 'We loved you, Ma'am' https://t.co/0omqhOXoZY pic.twitter.com/4RQIFr19tm

— The Sun (@TheSun) September 8, 2022

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The MirrorIts 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 states that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s children are now entitled to HRH titles, citing rules laid down by King George V in 1917.

Friday's front page: Thank you https://t.co/RpX4DCvQ5l #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/0MxuaXtiDh

— The Mirror (@DailyMirror) September 8, 2022

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The Express blares “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.

Friday’s Daily Express: Our beloved Queen is dead #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/Fc5Zzc5nSp

— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) September 8, 2022

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The Daily Mail publishes a “historical special edition” entitled: “Our hearts are broken.” He says that unlike some of her predecessors, the Queen’s reign will defy categorization as an “age” because her time on the throne “simply lasted too long”.

Our hearts are broken: It just seems unimaginable. That wisest and most steadfast of women, our guiding light in the darkest of nights, has gone.https://t.co/A6XLugMvCv pic.twitter.com/EmSjFuB8cC

— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) September 8, 2022

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The Subway and I they also carry full-page tributes, the latter noting that King Charles III is to address the nation on Friday.

Tomorrow's Paper Today 📰

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1926-2022#tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/DzONeztJo1

— Metro (@MetroUK) September 8, 2022

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Friday’s i #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/88dggOyqXB

— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) September 8, 2022

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the times The obituary reflects on the Queen’s life which spanned “an era of enormous social, material and technological change”, asking “who would have thought that the Queen we once knew would have agreed to take part in a stunt with James Bond for the opening of the London Olympics Games 2012?’ Above all, the newspaper says that “she was the woman who saved the monarchy in this country.” His political sketch describes how the “political hubbub” of the Commons fell quiet as a note alerted MPs to the monarch’s ill health: “suddenly nothing else mattered much”.

Friday’s Times #Tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/U0ndJCfVXq

— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) September 8, 2022

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The Guardian’The Queen’s front page depicts her coronation, noting that she is the oldest sovereign in the country’s history as well as her longest-serving. He describes the Queen as being “woven into the fabric of our lives so completely” in a reign that included a period that saw some of the biggest changes of any era.

But he says it is difficult to see her name being awarded, as was Queen Victoria’s predecessor, as “the defining symbol of an era”. Instead, the Guardian says she “played, largely flawlessly, the role of a modern constitutional monarch, a symbolic figure entitled to privately counsel and admonish political leaders and to appear publicly as the focus of national life, celebration and commemoration.”

The Guardian front page, Friday 9 September 2022; Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022 pic.twitter.com/5ROqSmVqE1

— The Guardian (@guardian) September 8, 2022

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The Telegraph it is titled “Sadness is the price we pay for love”. Mesa describes the Queen as a “quiet presence” who was “steady” and “self-absorbed”. It refers to the reign of King Charles, noting that the new monarch has “vowed to avoid ‘interference’ in politics, but is unlikely to stop fighting for the causes he has championed for decades.” He adds that no one who knows Charles expects him to reign in the same way as his mother.

Friday’s Daily Telegraph: ‘Grief is the price we pay for love’ #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/BnTAbHNYRG

— Helena Wilkinson (@BBCHelena) September 8, 2022

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The Financial Times describes Elizabeth’s “grace, humanity and fortitude”, reflecting on a life of “extraordinary service”. The paper said her stoic dismissal of family woes made her, for the public, a human and relatable figure, adding that “the affection in which she was held reflected, above all, a sense of duty that seemed innate”.

Just published: front page of the Financial Times international edition Friday September 9 https://t.co/zBvV16DeRt pic.twitter.com/bRdv2ZQdjr

— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) September 8, 2022

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In Scotland, the Herald Nicola Sturgeon says the Queen’s death marks the “end of an era” and publishes a 32-page tribute. The Scotch she chooses a black cover with an image of the young Queen, with the same sentiment.

Tomorrow's front page as we pay tribute to the Queen pic.twitter.com/9ct0IZH8ST

— The Herald (@heraldscotland) September 8, 2022

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Tomorrow's @TheScotsman front page #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/5vUOdnJk6c

— The Scotsman (@TheScotsman) September 8, 2022

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The Belfast Telegraph splashes of “Thank you ma’am” and news of Northern Ireland’s politicians joined “in tribute to the woman who ‘led by example’ during the peace process”. It quotes Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill as saying she was “deeply saddened” to learn of the death of a woman who “led by example” during the peace process.

Friday's @BelTel front page: Thank you, Ma'am#TomorrowsPapersToday #QueenElizabethhttps://t.co/MSchPqaHYL pic.twitter.com/khRIwvNuKs

— Belfast Telegraph (@BelTel) September 8, 2022

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