‘The Last Farewell’: What the Papers Said About the Queen’s Funeral | Queen Elizabeth II

After 10 days of national mourning, commemoration and not a little anticipation, newspapers around the world turned their front pages to Queen Elizabeth II’s final journey back to Windsor.

The guardian main image shows the party bearer taking the queen’s casket up the stairs to the darkened entrance to the George VI Memorial Chapel at Windsor Castle, above an account by Caroline Davies on the most intimate part of the day: a farewell to the family . Other pieces by Jonathan Freedland, Esther Addley and Marina Hyde assess the future, past and present of the monarchy.

The Mirror chooses a similar image on the front page of a poster for his tribute edition, showing the treasured items on top of the chest in full. An understated lowercase headline simply says “…until we meet again”.

The Time again chooses a cover front page, showing the coffin entering Westminster Abbey with the headline: “Fed to Her Rest”. On the back page is a quote from Hubert Parry’s From Songs of Farewell: “Then leave thy foolish series, for none can assure thee, but one that never changes, thy God, thy life, thy healing.”

The emphatically uses its cover to signal a farewell to the past and a look to the future. The queen’s casket dominates the front page next to the headline “God rest our queen,” while a tearful, saluting King Charles III graces the back, exclaiming, “God save the King.”

The Financial times looks from above at the coffin in the nave of Westminster Abbey and headlines a quote from Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury: “People who do loving service are rare in all walks of life. Leaders of loving service are even rarer.”

The Telegraph houses in a tender moment for his main image, when King Charles places the Grenadier Guards Company Camp Color on the Queen’s casket. “An Outpouring of Love” is the headline above Hannah Furness’s five-column report that day.

The Sun sticks to its royal purple color and is one of the few papers to show the crowds gathered for farewell. In a photo of the funeral procession processing along the Long Walk to Windsor, the cheerful headline is, “We sent her victorious”. The back cover shows the coffin being lowered into its final resting place.

The Mail opts for an image of the coffin being lowered into the vault in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, with the headline, “Her Last Journey” for its 120-page bumper edition.

Subway captures King Charles’ somber expression as he gazes at the flower-strewn hearse upon arrival at Windsor Castle. The crowd along the Long Walk makes up the back cover.

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🔴 The King walks beside the flower-strewn hearse with his mother’s coffin in Windsor Castle
🔴 The final leg of the Queens procession from London yesterday, as her family and the nation bid farewell pic.twitter.com/VRCJomkV4M

— Subway (@MetroUK) September 19, 2022

The i carries a historic note in the headline, “The End of the Elizabethan Era,” and describes in its signature bullet points how Monday’s “spectacular military display” brought London to a standstill.

The northern echo shows proceedings in London and chooses to use a quote from BBC presenter Kirsty Young for the headline: “She made history, she was history”.

The national in Scotland gives its front page to Pipe Major Paul Burns of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, who announced the end of the Westminster Abbey funeral service with a powerful rendition of Sleep, Dearie, Sleep on the bagpipes.

The Daily record showed the Queen’s casket being taken to Windsor Castle, with the headline “Rest in Peace, Queen Elizabeth”.

Further afield, the timings gave Australian newspapers enough time to put their own poignant tributes on their front pages. Amid debate over whether Charles should become Australia’s head of state, Tuesday’s newspapers were united in covering the occasion in a subdued tone. The Age (“The last goodbye”) and Sydney Morning Herald (“We Meet Again”) both showed the Queen’s casket being led to Windsor Castle, while the… Herald Sun and Daily Telegram tried to capture the feeling of readers with their headlines: “Thank you, U.S Queen” and “Rest in Peace, Madame”.

Adelaide’s Advertiser went with the headline “Eternal Queen”, and Queensland’s courier post went for “Thank you, our queen”. National newspaper de Australian calls the late monarch “Elizabeth the Great” and focuses on King Charles’s expression of sadness because of his image, with the headline “We’ll meet again”, perhaps an echo of Welby’s reference to Vera Lynn’s song, which queen used in a broadcast during the worst of the Covid pandemic.

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