'Tragic' Peaches Geldof, Maria Miller, Prince George and Mickey Rooney

The death of Peaches Geldof is reported on the front of most national newspapers.

Many, such as the Daily Mirror, use a photograph tweeted by the writer and TV presenter the day before she died showing her as a toddler with her mother Paula Yates, who died young from a drugs overdose aged 41. "[Peaches Geldof's] death at 25 years old, leaving behind her young husband and two infant sons, is the latest shock for a family who seem to have been touched by a curse," says Katie Gibbons in the Times.

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Guy Adams, in the Daily Mail, describes how Geldof "never got over losing her mother at 11" and recalls her saying - after the birth of the first of her two sons - that she wanted him "to have a mummy and daddy together for ever". He adds: "Sadly, as we now know, that very worthy ambition would be the one she would never live to realise."

Alison Phillips, in the Daily Mirror, notes that she appeared "all-consumed" by her love for her sons, Astala and Phaedra, whose every move was photographed and uploaded to the web. "Now looking back at those Instagram pictures of the two babies laughing in the sunshine, sitting by daffodils or soundly sleeping, you can't help but wonder if their mum wanted those moments recorded so her children could look back one day and console themselves with how much their mother loved them."

Several papers remark on her apparent transformation from a party girl to dedicated mother, with the Daily Express describing her as the "wild child who came good". In its seven pages of coverage, the Sun remembers the "girl who loved to shock". Its writer Louise Gannon writes about bumping into the celebrity in a London street a few weeks ago. "She was in a rush but stopped to say how good life was, how amazing her babies were and how much she loved the actress Kate Hudson," she writes.

The Daily Telegraph recalls the column she wrote for the paper aged 14, saying: "Her editor at the time remembers a humour and fluency to her writing that belied her years". It mentions one particular column in which - after Gwyneth Paltrow had announced her firstborn was called Apple - she asked: "Why do the rich and famous give their children such ridiculous names?"

'Trapped in dependency'

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The expenses claims of Culture Secretary Maria Miller are once again front-page news for some papers, although this time the focus is on David Cameron.

The Times and Telegraph report that backbenchers on the Conservatives' 1922 Committee are pressing the PM to fire Mrs Miller on the basis the issue has become "toxic" to the party.

The Daily Mail quotes an interview given to the BBC by a former aide of Mrs Miller, who casts doubt on one of the key justifications of her expenses claims by saying that the house she declared as her main residence was "definitely her second home". The Conservative party points out he now represents UKIP.

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron "gave ground" on the issue, says the Telegraph, by saying he is "very open" to further suggestions about overhauling the disciplinary system - run by MPs - that overruled an independent watchdog's recommendation that she should repay more than £40,000 in Commons allowances.

However, as Mail sketchwriter Quentin Letts describes, when Labour MP John Mann tried to raise a point of order on the topic, it proved "as welcome as a sneeze in a space helmet".

His Telegraph counterpart Michael Deacon writes how the work and pensions secretary didn't seem to enjoy speaking about government success in "clamping down" on people who "exploit the system". He adds: "Then again, [Iain] Duncan Smith does worry a lot about people who are 'trapped in dependency on the state' so the culture secretary must be giving him sleepless nights."

While the Times reports that 100,000 people have demanded that Mrs Miller repay the recommended sum in full - rather than the £5,800 suggested by MPs - or resign, the Daily Mirror prints a collection of readers' correspondence calling for her to be sacked.

However, the Financial Times recognises the pressure on Mr Cameron not to reduce the number of women in his cabinet. It names five "high-fliers" who could be promoted in a summer reshuffle as Anna Soubry, Esther McVey, Elizabeth Truss, Priti Patel and Nicky Morgan.

Like father, like son?

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There is much excitement at fresh photographs of Prince George (pictured above, left), as he joined his parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on their tour of New Zealand.

The Daily Express hails the "cutest royal baby pictures ever", while the Daily Mail produces an eight-page pullout entitled "Bonnie Prince Cutie". The supplement's back page probably best sums up the prince's countenance at the start of the tour, however, declaring: "Cheer up George, only 18 days to go!"

The Telegraph declares the baby a "dead-ringer for Dad" and produces a photograph of William as a baby which is a rather more convincing lookalike than ours (above, right). Meanwhile, the Times manages to spot an infant side-parting shared with both father and grandfather.

The Express is also pleased to get a "first glimpse" of the royal nanny, the Spaniard Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo.

As ever, the Duchess of Cambridge attracts much photographers' attention, notably - as described by the Mirror - when "her royal thighness" had a Marilyn Monroe-moment as a breeze sent her coat and dress billowing. The paper says it was no accident that she wore an outfit by a favourite designer of Diana, Princess of Wales. Fashion editor Didi Danso says it echoed a style worn by Diana in 1984, adding: "Kate is clearly choosing tradition over trends - and she is all the more chic for it."

The Guardian, meanwhile, prefers to record the "cheeky welcome" afforded to the royal couple by a Maori whose behind was covered by little more than some elaborate tattoos.

Hollywood legend

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Most papers mark the death of diminutive actor Mickey Rooney, aged 93, by recalling what the Daily Express describes as the "rollercoaster life of a true Hollywood legend".

The Daily Mail sums it up with a list: "Eight wives. 340 films, One murder. Three bankruptcies. Drink, drugs, gambling - and trips to brothels with Groucho Marx."

The Telegraph quotes his first wife, Ava Gardner, describing how Rooney "went through the ladies like a hot knife through fudge". It asks "How did his on-screen image remain squeaky clean despite his real-life endeavours?" before explaining the financial importance to his studio MGM of preserving the wholesome Andy Hardy character he played, and the means by which it managed to do so.

However, the Daily Express's Michael Freeland says Rooney avoided being forced to play a 14-year-old well into his 20s as a result of conscription during World War 2, when he was among the first Allied soldiers into the Dachau death camp. "The war aged him," he says.

"When he returned to Hollywood, neither the studio nor his career was ever quite the same," says the Independent, recalling an attempt to set up a production company which quickly went broke and a "disastrous trip to England to star at the London Palladium".

"In 1956, with his career on the slide and his fourth marriage on the rocks, Rooney drank heavily and popped pills," says the Guardian, which goes on to describe how his fifth wife left him, before being shot dead by her lover.

Through all his problems, it says, Rooney was "bounced back as always, so that he was never out of the public eye for long".

The Times sums up the man who "blew millions on gambling and women" with a quote from his autobiography Life is Too Short: "I tried to make up for being short by affecting a strut, by adopting the voice of a much bigger man, by spending more money than I made, by tipping double or triple at bars and restaurants, by dating tall, beautiful women."

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