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British press pays homage to “Britain’s most loyal servant”

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The “Unwavering support” of the queen, according to the Times and the Guardian, “His rock” and the one who “Made Lilibet laugh” for the Daily Star. The usually divided “front pages” of the British press are unanimous on Saturday 10 April. Tributes to Prince Philip, who died Friday after more than seventy years spent alongside his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, are displayed everywhere.

With bursts of gunfire or moments of meditation, the mourning United Kingdom continues its tributes on Saturday. At the Tower of London, Edinburgh Castle, Gibraltar and from the ships of the Royal Navy, where he served in World War II, salvos are to be fired at noon local hours to salute the one who had become the Patriarch of the British royal family, having been born Prince of Greece in Corfu and having spent a childhood tossed around Europe.

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Minutes of silence will be observed before Premier League football matches. From Friday evening, the bells of Westminster Abbey, where his marriage was celebrated in 1947, rang 99 times, once a minute, in homage to the 99-year-old prince.

“We all cry with you, Ma’am”

Through “Respect for the queen and the royal family”, the Unionists of Northern Ireland even called for an end to the demonstrations which have agitated the British province for several days, without preventing localized clashes.

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Many press titles have noted the longevity of this extraordinary couple. In Scotland, The Press and Journal greeted the one who was also Duke of Edinburgh, with an old photo of the royal couple and their children wearing kilts.

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Tabloids Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, who normally display diametrically opposed political positions, posted nearly identical headlines with a photo of the couple and the headline “Farewell my beloved” for the Mirror and “Goodbye my beloved” for the Mail. The latter also notes the rediscovered unity of the royal family, with Prince Harry, the queen’s grandson, ready to return ” at home “, according to the newspaper, since his American exile and his recent distancing from his family.

“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.

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Other titles also fall under this “Life in service” of the crown, as theEvening Standard or the Daily Telegraph, who greets “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 of the British press not to devote all its front page to the event, also giving some room to the harvest in France or to the bankruptcy of the financial company Greensill Capital.

Only discordant note, the Morning Star, a left-wing daily that has never hidden its opposition to the monarchy, published an editorial entitled: “Philip embodied the absurd vanity of an ersatz patriotism. “

The World with AFP

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