Newspaper headlines: Tributes to 'beloved' Prince Philip after a 'life of duty'

By BBC News
Staff

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The Duke of Edinburgh pictured in 2019

"We're all weeping with you, Ma'am" says the Sun, reflecting on the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Daily Mail focuses on the Queen's tribute to her husband - with the headline "farewell, my beloved", while the Guardian highlights the duke's devotion to his wife of 73 years, describing him as the "Queen's steadfast supporter".

The Daily Mirror says Prince Philip was "her rock, her guide and her companion", calling them "partners in glorious reign".

And the Daily Express says it is joining the Queen in "mourning the loss of an extraordinary man".

Marrying into the Royal Family gave Prince Philip a "sense of permanence that was missing from his early years" according to the i weekend.

It describes him as a "tough survivor of a rootless childhood, beset by tragedy".

The Guardian says the establishment had viewed him as an "outsider" but his "energy and intelligence" introduced some "much needed fresh air" to the monarchy.

The paper says he then went on to "make the most of his limited role" as consort.

Matthew Parris in the Times argues the duke was a "progressive" but like "all long-lived people he turned into a figure from the past".

"Prince Philip is famous for speaking his mind," says the Sun, as well as "putting his foot in it", dubbing him Phil the Cheek.

Harry Mount in the i weekend says it was not until he was on the receiving end of one the prince's "gaffes" that he understood the quips were a way of putting people at ease.

But the Daily Mirror says sometimes these comments were "ugly" and demonstrated how the "monarchy really needs to modernise".

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The Queen and Prince Philip were married for 73 years, pictured in 2007

The Daily Mail says it would be "wrong to pigeonhole" Prince Philip as merely the longest-serving royal consort in British history as he was a "brilliant man in his own right".

The Daily Mirror highlights some of his projects, including the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, which it says "helped to change the lives of millions of young lives".

Although the Daily Telegraph says he declined to take any credit for the scheme.

Most of the papers reflect on how coronavirus restrictions have changed the funeral plans for the duke.

The Guardian says 30 people will be allowed to attend the revised ceremony, rather than the expected "up to 800 mourners including world leaders, Commonwealth representatives and British politicians".

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Flowers and tributes were laid outside Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle

The Daily Mirror suggests the duke would have accepted this as "he didn't want a fuss".

But the paper does quote a royal source who says, despite the plans being changed the service, which will be held at St George's Chapel in Windsor, will still "celebrate his extraordinary life".

The duke's death also features on newspaper front pages and websites around the world.

The Toronto Star says he was "dynamic, exasperating and intriguing".

Spain's El Mundo calls him a "loyal consort" who was "voluntarily relegated to a secondary role".

The Times of India says the duke "helped to modernise" the Royal Family and "steer it through repeated crises".

The Sydney Morning Herald says what makes Prince Philip's death "so poignant" is how it marks the "end of an enduring love story" between him and the Queen.