Newspaper headlines: 'Queen's tears' as UK marks Remembrance Sunday

By BBC News

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One image dominates Monday's front pages. A poignant close-up of the Queen appearing to wipe away a tear as she watched the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in London.

The Daily Telegraph describes it as "a tear for the fallen".

The Telegraph and the Daily Mail both lead with an election pledge from the Conservatives aimed at protecting British soldiers who served in Northern Ireland from prosecution.

The former says the party's draft election manifesto includes a promise to end "ongoing prosecutions". However, the paper says it's unclear if the government could actually intervene in active criminal court proceedings.

The Mail says the plan is to amend the Human Rights Act so that it does not apply to incidents before it came into effect in 2000.

The Sun claims the pledge as a victory for its own Never Forget Them campaign, and points out that nearly a thousand veterans are currently facing "legal probes".

But the Daily Mirror reports that Labour will also be introducing measures to support the armed forces and their families. It says the party will promise to scrap the public sector pay gap that it says has led to a 5.8% real terms cut for the starting salary of an army private.

The Mirror leads with Labour spending - a campaign pledge promising "£845 million for the forgotten children". The paper says the party will spend that sum each year to boost mental health services for children.

The measures will include recruiting on-site mental health professionals for every school in England, and setting up drop-in mental health hubs in every local authority.

The Guardian's lead story is that "nearly half of rape victims decline to go ahead with prosecutions". The revelation comes from a Cabinet Office report seen by the paper.

It says the report, which was part of an urgent investigation into the dramatic fall in rape prosecutions, reveals a "system in crisis".

The Times tells readers that "students are turning against free speech". Research conducted by the Policy Exchange think-tank suggests that fewer than half of students consistently support free speech, and two fifths favour censorship and no-platforming of controversial speakers.

The report blames a "culture of conformity" on campuses, with undergraduates often too intimidated to vocalise unpopular views.

Meanwhile, the Sun bring us news of "the world's tiniest twin boys". Ashley and Joe were born at 23 weeks, weighing less than a 1lb, and were given a 1% chance of survival.

Its front page carries a large picture of mother Talia with her "mini miracles", who are now seven months old. The paper says they're the smallest twins to survive in the UK.