‘The world is crying for the Queen’: Press around the world mourn ‘the queen of the century’ as Her Majesty passes away

  • News outlets around the globe are honouring Queen Elizabeth II after her devastating passing on Thursday
  • Britain’s longest-reigning monarch was hailed ‘the queen of the century’ who had ‘an extraordinary reign’
  • Her Majesty was hailed as a ‘great queen who knew how to embody the immutable England’
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

The passing of Her Majesty dominated the homepages of newspapers around the globe on Thursday as the ‘world was crying’ for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch. 

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully, surrounded by her family, at Balmoral in Scotland Thursday afternoon. 

All Her Majesty’s children had rushed to the estate after doctors became ‘concerned’ for her health. At 6.30pm her death was confirmed. 

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: ‘The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow’.

The 96-year-old monarch had been dogged by health problems since last year that have left her struggling to walk and stand.

The Queen – an instantly recognisable figure to billions of people across the globe – was in her Platinum Jubilee year, marking 70 years since she succeeded her father king George VI in 1952.

Newspapers across the world shared the devastating news to their readers on Thursday – while several world leaders said their thoughts were the Royal family during this difficult time.

The passing of Her Majesty dominated the homepages of newspapers around the globe on Thursday as the ‘world was crying’ for Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

 Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera called Her Majesty the ‘forever queen’ and noted how Queen Elizabeth II wanted  Charles’ wife Camilla to receive the title of Queen Consort upon her death

Italian newspaper La repubblica honoured ‘the last queen’

Italian daily newspaper La Stampa called Her Majesty ‘the queen of the century’

The Queen’s death came hours after after doctors had become ‘concerned’ for her health.

On Wednesday, the queen pulled out of a planned meeting with her senior political advisors, after being told to rest. The previous day she held audiences at her Scottish Highlands retreat, Balmoral, with outgoing prime minister Boris Johnson and appointed his successor, Liz Truss. 

Her Majesty, who stood with the support of a stick and smiled as she greeted Ms Truss in front of a roaring fire, had not been seen in public for two months. She was photographed with the new Prime Minister on Tuesday in what would be her final picture. 

As her image dominated newspapers worldwide, many outlets hailed how her 70-year reign makes her Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

French daily newspaper Le monde described her ruling as ‘an extraordinary reign’ as they showcased a stunning photo of the monarch as she attended a parade decades ago.

El Mundo, the second largest printed daily newspaper in Spain, announced her death alongside a June 1953 photograph by Cecil Beaton titled Queen Elizabeth II in Coronation Robes. Mr Beaton’s work is featured in the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

German national daily newspaper Die Welt said that with Her Majesty’s death ‘comes an end of an era.’ Another German outlet, Bild, noted: ‘Now Elizabeth is back with her Philip.’

Similarly, French newspaper Le Figaro hailed Her Majesty as a ‘great queen who knew how to embody the immutable England.’ 

French daily newspaper Le monde described her ruling as ‘an extraordinary reign’ as they showcased a stunning photo of the monarch as she attended a parade decades ago

Spain’s El País headlined their story: Queen Elizabeth II of England, leader of the European monarchy, dies

El Mundo, the second largest printed daily newspaper in Spain, announced her death alongside a June 1953 photograph by Cecil Beaton titled Queen Elizabeth II in Coronation Robes. Mr Beaton’s work is featured in the Victoria and Albert Museum

German national daily newspaper Die Welt said that with Her Majesty’s death ‘comes an end of an era’

French state-owned international news television network French 24 noted how she was Britain’s longest reigning monarch

French newspaper Le Figaro said she was a ‘great queen who knew how to embody the immutable England’

German newspaper Bild noted: ‘Now Elizabeth is back with her Philip’

The Queen’s death will see Britain and her Commonwealth realms enter into a ten-day period of mourning as millions of her subjects in the UK and abroad come to terms with her passing.

And as her son Charles accedes to the throne, there will also be a celebration of her historic 70-year reign that saw her reach her Platinum Jubilee this year – a landmark unlikely to be reached again by a British monarch.

Charles, the King, said on Thursday: ‘The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family.

‘We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother. I know her loss will be deeply felt throughout the country, the Realms and the Commonwealth, and by countless people around the world.

‘During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held.’

To her subjects at home, Her Majesty was the nation’s anchor, holding firm no matter what storm she or her country was facing – from the uncertain aftermath of the Second World War to, more recently, the pandemic. She was also steadfast as she dealt with tragedies and scandals in her own family, most recently the fallout from Megxit and the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip.

Charles will embark on a tour of the UK before his mother’s funeral with his wife Camilla, who the Queen announced would be crowned her eldest son’s Queen Consort in an historic statement to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and 70 years on the throne on February 6.

Her Majesty the Queen – Britain’s longest-reigning monarch – has died peacefully at Balmoral aged 96. Her son Charles, is now king. He will remain at Balmoral tonight before returning to London with the Queen Consort, Camilla

The Queen welcomes Liz Truss during an audience where she invited the newly elected leader of the Conservative party to become Prime Minister and form a new government on Tuesday. It would be the final photo of the monarch, who did her duty to the end

The Queen poses for a photograph in the drawing room at Balmoral shortly before her meeting with Ms Truss, whom she appointed as her Prime Minister

Queen Elizabeth’s 70-year reign is unlikely to ever be surpassed by another king or queen of England

The Queen’s passing came more than a year after that of her beloved husband Philip, her ‘strength and guide’, who died aged 99 in April 2021. Since his funeral, where she poignantly sat alone because of lockdown restrictions, her own health faltered, and she was forced to miss an increasing number of events mainly due to ‘mobility problems’ and tiredness.

In July she travelled to Scotland for her annual summer break, but cancelled her traditional welcome to Balmoral Castle in favour of a small more private event because of her health, believed to be linked to her ability to stand. And at the end of July, Prince Charles represented his mother and opened the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham with the Duchess of Cornwall. In late August Queen missed the Braemar Gathering – the first time she was not at the Highland Games in her 70-year reign.

But she was well enough to meet with Boris Johnson at Balmoral to accept his resignation, before asking the 15th Prime Minister of her reign, Liz Truss, to form a Government. Her Majesty, who stood with the support of a stick and smiled as she greeted Ms Truss in front of a roaring fire, had not been seen in public for two months. It would be her final picture.

Today all her children and Prince William flew into Scotland from all over the UK to get to Her Majesty’s bedside before she died. Prince Harry did not travel to Scotland from Windsor with his family – and Meghan Markle stayed at Frogmore Cottage. But he did not make it to Balmoral in time and landed in Aberdeen, around 15 minutes after the death of his grandmother.

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