Following the news of the Queen’s death at Balmoral on Thursday afternoon, tributes emerged across social media from royal fans to world leaders. A selection of the front pages on Friday from across the nation and the world, reiterate the pull and influence Her Majesty had on her subjects both at home and abroad.
The Prime Minister stepped out of No 10 to address the nation about the passing of Britain’s longest-reigning Monarch and summarised it as “the passing of the second Elizabethan age.”
Ms Truss added that “the death of Her Majesty the Queen is a huge shock to the nation and to the world”.
Friday’s front page of the Daily Express features a relatively recent picture of the late-Queen in black and white with a slight smile with the simple headline: “Our beloved Queen is dead.”
It adds: “1926-2022: World mourns the loss of a truly great and inspirational Monarch.”
Meanwhile, Friday’s commemorative issue of Time magazine from the United States is subdued with a younger picture of Her Majesty dressed in black with the simple title ‘The Queen’ followed by ‘Elizabeth II 1926-2022’.
Twitter user @republicofparis took to the social media platform to praise the simplistic cover from Time magazine saying: “Sometimes you don’t have to find a pun.”
Similar to the Daily Express and Time magazine, the Daily Mirror has also opted for a black and white background though the picture of the Queen is in colour with the simple caption: “Thank You.”
The Daily Mirror chose an instantly recognisable image of the Queen with a picture of the older Monarch turned to the side giving the photographer her side profile which is reminiscent of the postage stamps and coins with which people are so familiar.
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The Sun and the Daily Telegraph also feature black and white images of the late-Queen to honour her life and the nation’s period of mourning with the Daily Telegraph’s front page reading: “Grief is the price we pay for love.”
The Sun has a relatively recent picture of the Queen as the front cover with the caption “We loved you Ma’am” while the back of the edition features a portrait of the Queen in her youth with King Charles III’s tribute to his mother alongside it.
However, not all publications have followed the black and white theme, with the i newspaper using a coloured portrait of the Queen at her Coronation with the gold of her ceremonial dress and props bringing a stark difference to the front pages next to the monochrome pages of other publications.
The Daily Star, The Times, and The Guardian have also opted for the Coronation portrait of Her Majesty in all her splendour with the Times reading: “A life in service” and the Daily Star carrying the headline: “You did your duty, Ma’am”.
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Racing Post also chose to use a more up to date picture of the Queen, which is in colour, featuring the beaming Queen wearing a burgundy outfit.
Tributes to the Queen are also dominating the front pages internationally with Cape Times in South Africa using the simple headline, “End of an Era” and Le Dauphine from France saying: “Farewell to the Queen.”
The Queen’s former Prime Ministers have made tributes to her life with Sir John Major summing up Her Majesty’s influence which can be seen from the headlines from around the world.
The Queen’s ninth Prime Minister said: “For millions of people – across the Commonwealth and the wider world – she embodied the heart and soul of our nation, and was admired and respected around the globe.”