The very partisan British press returned to its unit to pay tribute on Saturday to Prince Philip, who died Friday after more than 70 years spent alongside his wife, Queen Elizabeth II. Many titles have noted the longevity of this extraordinary couple in which the prince consort, who died Friday at the age of 99, was the “unwavering support” of the queen, according to the Time and the Guardian, or even “its rock”, for the Daily Star.
For this newspaper, Prince Philip was also the one who “made Lilibet laugh”, the affectionate nickname he gave to his wife Elizabeth. In Scotland, The press and the newspaper greeted the one who was also Duke of Edinburgh, with an old photo of the royal couple and their children wearing kilts.
Tabloids Daily Mirror and Daily mail, who normally take diametrically opposed political positions, posted nearly identical headlines with a photo of the couple and the headline “Goodbye my beloved” for the Mirror and “Goodbye my beloved” for the Mail. The latter newspaper also notes the rediscovered unity of the royal family, with Prince Harry ready to return “home”, according to the newspaper, since his American exile and his recent distancing from his family.
At the “service” of the crown
“We all cry with you, Ma’am”, assures for his part the Sun by publishing on the front page a photo of the royal couple at their wedding in 1947. “What an extraordinary life. What heroic and exemplary service he gave to his queen and to his country. What character, what joker ”, assures the newspaper from the first lines of its main article devoted to the event.
Other titles also relate to this “life in the service” of the crown, such as theEvening standard or the The telegraph of the day who salutes “Britain’s most loyal servant”. The Daily Express celebrates for its part the “indomitable duke” while joining the “deep sorrow” of the queen.
The Financial Times is one of the rare Saturday headlines in the British press not to devote its entire front page to the event, also giving some room to the harvest in France or to the bankruptcy of Greensill Capital. Only discordant note, the The morning star, a left-wing daily which has never hidden its opposition to the monarchy, published an editorial entitled: “Philip personified the absurd vanity of an ersatz patriotism”.