‘An island of stability’: Foreign newspapers pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

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‘An island of stability’: Foreign newspapers pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

The death of Queen Elizabeth II’s made front-page headlines around the world on Friday, with the longest-reigning UK monarch praised for being an “island of stability”.

The sovereign died at Balmoral, her Scottish residence, on Thursday at the age of 96, following months of speculation about her health.

On Friday, newspapers across the globe poured out their grief, commending her warmth and lifetime of public service.

French press ‘loved her so much’ and feels ‘the pain of England’ (Le Parisien/Liberation)
French press ‘loved her so much’ and feels ‘the pain of England’ (Le Parisien/Liberation)

Given her prominence on the international stage, even unlikely publications such as Corriere dello Sport – Stadio, a specialist sports paper in Italy, paid tribute to the 96-year-old on its front page.

In France, the typically anti-monarchist Liberation newspaper reported that her passing had “sent a shockwave round the world”.

“Can she really depart so suddenly, an island of stability in a world in which everything seems to be changing too quickly?” its editorial asked.

Other French outlets were similarly saddened by the Queen’s death. While Le Figaro ran a headline wishing her “adieu”, Le Parisien’s read: “we loved her so much”.

Italian papers toast ‘the queen of two centuries’ and reports that Britain ‘mourns its queen’ (Corriere Della Serra/Corriere Della Sport)
Italian papers toast ‘the queen of two centuries’ and reports that Britain ‘mourns its queen’ (Corriere Della Serra/Corriere Della Sport)

Elsewhere in Europe, the Spanish daily El Pais said the monarch’s 70-year reign was typified by a “neutrality” which had “guaranteed the continuity of the British crown”, while the Italian Corriere della Sera described her as the “forever Queen”.

Meanwhile, the German Westfalische Nachrichten newspaper said the Queen knew how to approach people “with friendliness and devotion”.

It also alluded to her visit to Germany in 1965, which was widely considered a magnanimous act of post-war reconciliation.

Spain’s ‘El Pais’ and Portugal’s ‘Diario de Noticias’ mark the Queen’s passing (El Pais/Diario de Noticias)
Spain’s ‘El Pais’ and Portugal’s ‘Diario de Noticias’ mark the Queen’s passing (El Pais/Diario de Noticias)

The liberal Japanese Asahi newspaper also carried several pieces, including one headlined “wound of the war, deep pain of the heart”, about the Queen’s interactions with Japan’s imperial family on the subject of the Second World War.

The Queen’s 70-year reign was also celebrated in the US for the continuity it embodied in a changing world.

“The Queen’s most obvious achievement was to provide an element of continuity in a world that is in a fever of change,” an article in Bloomberg said.

America’s papers gave the bulk of their front pages to the Queen (NYT/Washington Post)
America’s papers gave the bulk of their front pages to the Queen (NYT/Washington Post)

Her “natural royal dignity” was celebrated by The New York Times, one of whose columnists wrote: “it is hard to name any reigning royal in the world who still personifies that power, and none who do it as graciously and convincingly as Queen Elizabeth did.”

Newspapers in Commonwealth countries also sung the monarch’s praises, with The Australian saying hers was a life “devoted to service”. The Globe and Mail in Toronto said it was “remembering our Queen”.