Prince Philip: How the newspapers reacted to the Duke of Edinburgh's death

Telegraph reporters
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prince philip death newspapers reaction headlines uk

Prince Philip's death on Friday, at the age on 99, has dominated news coverage in Britain and overseas.

The world's press have paid tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh and his life of service, while expressing support for the Queen and the Royal family.

How the British press reacted

The British newspapers were covered with tributes to Prince Philip and his extraordinary life.

The Telegraph front page features a simple photograph of the Duke in his military livery.

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The Daily Mail and the Daily Mirror have both printed a message from the Queen on their front page, in which she says goodbye to her "beloved".

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The Sun features a wraparound cover and the newspaper tells the Queen "We're all weeping with you, ma'am".

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While it advertised its style special with Louis Theroux, the left-leaning Guardian also gave up nearly its whole front page to a photograph of the Duke.

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The Daily Express headline echoes the Buckingham Palace statement that announced Prince Philip's death, referring to the Queen's "deep sorrow".

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On television, the BBC announced the news by playing the National Anthem as a warm tribute to the Duke.

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How the world's newspapers reacted

In Australia, despite news of the Duke's death breaking late on Friday night, his passing was on the front page of The Saturday Telegraph, the Saturday Herald Sun, The Weekend Australian, The Saturday Courier-Mail and more.

Even the NT News, usually known for its irreverent front pages, has a sombre take on the news.

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In Spain, Prince Philip was on the front page of ABC, El País and La Razón.

ABC's front had a short headline that read "Al servicio de su majestad" or "At the service of his (or your) majesty".

El País said "Muere el príncipe que vivió 70 años a la sombra de Isabel II", saying the Duke "lived 70 years in the shadow of Elizabeth II".

La Razón called the Duke "El consorte leal" – "the loyal consort".

Spanish newspapers El Pais and ABC
Spanish newspapers El Pais and ABC

In France, Le Figaro covered the Duke's death on the front page and two pages inside the paper, calling his life a "life in the service of the Crown".

Libération's front page said: "La derniere sortie du prince consort", referring to the Duke's final exit or voyage.

French newspapers Liberation and Le Figaro
French newspapers Liberation and Le Figaro

In Germany, the Rheinische Post printed a front page picture of the Duke with the headline "Disziplin und Aufbegehren", or "Discipline and rebellion".

Rheinische Post, the German newspaper
Rheinische Post, the German newspaper

Meanwhile, Der Spiegel said: "His son thought he was cold and his wife was loyal to him for more than seventy years. Prince Philip was a man of contradictions - and probably the most underrated royal of his generation."

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In the US, The New York Times ran an opinion piece hailing the relationship between the Queen and Prince Philip, calling it a "love match from the start".

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