Black backgrounds on front pages as new king mourns his mother’s death

Many of the papers have been given a black background to reflect the gloomy national mood following the Queen’s death.

The king is shown on every front page as he mourns the passing of his 96-year-old mother and takes on her responsibilities.

The Daily Telegraph is one of a number of papers in which Charles, in his speech to the nation, stands next to a framed 2010 photograph of his mother, with the paper’s headline saying, “To my dear mama, thank you.”

The front-page news article describes the king’s tribute as “very personal,” while the newspaper’s editorial praises the stability afforded by the practice of royal succession.

It writes: “The coming weeks are also a glorious reminder that the country she led is as steadfast as she is. Strengthened and sustained by an unparalleled sense of identity, anchored like no other country by history, geography, time and the monarchy itself, Britons can feel confident in what could have been a moment of self-doubt elsewhere.

“A country that can say goodbye to such an irreplaceable, inspiring and beloved figure without tremor or tantrum, fear or weakness, is a country that can look to the future with confidence and pride. It is days like these, paradoxically, that remind the people of this great nation that we are indeed lucky.”

Death is mourned across the UK from London to Belfast (Mark Marlow/PA)

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The statue of Charles sat at an antique polished desk in Buckingham Palace’s Blue Drawing Room, one of the grand chambers of state and where the Queen sometimes filmed her Christmas broadcasts, also greets readers of the Daily Express, Daily mirror, Daily star and The times.

The times chooses five simple words – “I pledge myself to you” – from the king’s speech for the front page headline, while the emphatically uses the end of the speech with a quote from Hamlet: “May ‘flights of angels sing to you at your rest’.”

An explanation on page two says there is a deeper meaning to the Hamlet quote, which was recorded by Sir John Tavener in his Song For Athene played at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Later in the paper, a Scottish vicar shares his insight into the late Queen’s Christian faith and his connection to Aberdeenshire.

“Sir, there were few places where the late Queen’s deep Christian faith was more apparent than in Crathie Church, Aberdeenshire, where she attended worship every Sunday with the local congregation while living in Balmoral,” writes Reverend and Professor Ian Bradley in a letter to The times‘ editor.

“I vividly remember preaching there, looking at the royal pew and seeing her enthusiastically singing a Scottish metrical psalm, which she clearly knew by heart. Like her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria, she had a penchant for the simplicity and dignity of Presbyterian worship in the Church of Scotland.

“It is both fitting and poignant that she died across the River Dee from her beloved Crathie Kirk and that her coffin will rest for two days in St Giles Cathedral, the mother church of Scottish Presbyterianism.”

The newspaper’s editorial also references Scotland, with the article saying that the Queen’s love for it was matched only by her defense of the Union.

The King will be in Edinburgh shortly to receive the keys to the city, and will also visit Belfast and Cardiff prior to the funeral.

The timesThe editors state: ‘The Union was extremely important to the late Queen. Her son is right to signal that he sees its importance so early in his reign, and he intends to honor his predecessor’s legacy and cherish every part of his United Kingdom.”

The emphatically has a two-page editorial featuring a photo of Charles and Camilla walking past mourners outside Buckingham Palace, with the headline, “A Great Kingship Has Begun…”

The article states that Charles “should know that when he hears the cries of ‘God Save the King!’ the crowd does much more than just perform rituals – they applaud him.”

“In this country, the Commonwealth and far beyond, people are very confident that a great royal rule has begun,” it adds.

The Daily mail writes the public thanksgiving service at St Paul’s Cathedral as “exquisite, soaring, poignant and so perfectly placed” along with a photo that spans across the page to show the magnitude of the celebration.

“Does Charles keep standing up for the environment?” miracles the guard‘s environmental correspondent Fiona Harvey.

“His work on the Commonwealth will be critical. Pakistan, the second most populous country in the Commonwealth, has been ravaged by extreme flooding. Many others are also vulnerable as temperatures rise, and the Commonwealth is seen as an important forum for tackling the climate crisis.”

The sun repeats the king’s “thank you” to his “darling mama” with a special purple-tinted edition, after what the Financial times calls the “day Britain shook off its self-doubt”.

The Mirrormeanwhile, focuses on the Queen’s life as it urges her readers to “strive to keep alive the spirit of togetherness she cherished and act with the decency, humor and understanding she has had all her life.” shown”.

“She would have taken heart from the warm welcome that was offered to King Charles III yesterday as he took the reins,” adds the editorial.

The king last night promised to renew the lifelong service his mother had entrusted to the nation. He vowed to serve the country with loyalty, respect and love. We wish him the best.”