Harrowing photographs of Queen Elizabeth II dominated the front pages of grieving British newspapers on Friday, charting her journey from coronation to nation’s matriarch.
A photo of 27-year-old Elizabeth taken at her coronation in 1953, full of regal splendor clutching the Sovereign’s Orb and Scepter within the vaulted walls of Westminster Abbey, made headlines in The Times, Guardian, Daily Star and Independent.
The Sun, Daily 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 published a citation made by the Queen for the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks. “Grief is the price we pay for love,” he said.
Most tabloids marked the occasion with dim black-and-white front pages, although The Sun splashed its header in royal purple, above the headline “We loved you, madam”.
“Rest in peace, Madame. The Sun and our readers loved you. We are proud that you were our queen,” he added.
The Daily Express carried the headline ‘Our beloved Queen is dead’, while the Daily Mirror simply wrote ‘Thank you’.
“Our hearts are broken,” said the Daily Mail headline. “How do we find the words? Our grief is a hundred different emotions, all difficult to grasp,” its homepage said.
“As God Save the Queen played on radio and television, as we learned that our beloved monarch had died, a nation’s heart broke,” he added.
Unsurprisingly, the story filled the inside pages of souvenir edition newspapers, most devoting at least 20 pages to seismic events.