‘Our hearts are broken’: how the UK papers reported the death of the Queen – The Guardian

Full page pictures of Queen Elizabeth fill the front pages as newspapers mark a historic and sombre day for Britain
Pictures of the Queen fill the front pages of the daily papers, with patriotism and praise on display as Britain marks a historic and sombre day.
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.
On tomorrow's front page: 'We loved you, Ma'am' https://t.co/0omqhOXoZY pic.twitter.com/4RQIFr19tm
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.
Friday's front page: Thank you https://t.co/RpX4DCvQ5l #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/0MxuaXtiDh
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.
Friday’s Daily Express: Our beloved Queen is dead #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/Fc5Zzc5nSp
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”.
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
The Metro and the i also carry full-page tributes, the latter noting that King Charles III is set to address the nation on Friday.
Tomorrow's Paper Today 📰

1926-2022#tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/DzONeztJo1
Friday’s i #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/88dggOyqXB
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”.
Friday’s Times #Tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/U0ndJCfVXq
The Guardian’s 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.
But it says it is hard to see her name being bestowed, as her predecessor Queen Victoria’s was, as “the defining symbol of an age”. Instead, the Guardian says “she played, largely impeccably, the part of a modern constitutional monarch, a symbolic figurehead with a right to be consulted and to advise and warn political leaders privately and to show herself publicly as a 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 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.
Friday’s Daily Telegraph: ‘Grief is the price we pay for love’ #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/BnTAbHNYRG
The Financial Times describes the “grace, humanity and fortitude of Elizabeth”, reflecting on a life of “extraordinary service”. The paper says her stoic weathering of familial misfortunes 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
In Scotland, the Herald quotes Nicola Sturgeon saying the Queen’s death marks the “end of an era”, and publishes a 32-page commemorative tribute. The Scotsman opts for a black front page 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
Tomorrow's @TheScotsman front page #TomorrowsPapersToday pic.twitter.com/5vUOdnJk6c
The Belfast Telegraph splashes with “Thank you Ma’am” and the news of Northern Ireland’s politicians united “in tribute to woman ‘who led by example’ during peace process”. It quotes Sinn Féin vice-president Michelle O’Neill saying she learned with “deep regret” of the passing of a woman who had “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


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