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Newspaper headlines: ‘Queen bids farewell’, & Helen McCrory tributes

The Times front page 17 April 2021
Saturday’s papers are dominated by details of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, which will take place at 15:00 BST at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. “The Queen bids farewell” is the headline on the front of the Times, accompanied by a newly-released image of the royal couple in the Coyles of Muick, Scotland, in 2003. The paper reports that the service is expected to be a “reminder” of Prince Philip’s early years, with a Russian-Greek hymn being sung and his naval career remembered. Ahead of the service, the Archbishop of Canterbury encouraged the public to support the Queen following the death of her husband of 73 years at the age of 99.

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“The Queen bids farewell” is the headline on the front of the Times, above a photograph of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh relaxing on a hillside on the Balmoral estate, which has been released by Buckingham Palace ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral.

The Daily Mail says that the Queen will say a “private farewell” to her husband before his coffin leaves Windsor Castle for the funeral. The paper quotes sources who say she has been the “epitome of dignity” in the aftermath of Prince Philip’s death.

Meanwhile, the Mail and several other papers carry images and tributes to actress Helen McCrory, who has died at the age of 52. Her husband, actor Damian Lewis, announced the news on Friday, saying he was “heartbroken”. He said his wife died at home following a “heroic battle with cancer”….The couple have two children.”Farewell my love” is the Daily Mirror’s headline ahead of Prince Philip’s funeral. Referencing the 2003 image of the couple that has been released, a source told the paper: “The cherished photo evokes happy memories.

“The 50-minute service will be conducted by the Dean of Windsor and the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Daily Telegraph reports. The dean will begin the service by paying tribute to Prince Philip’s decades of public service, the paper says. “With grateful hearts, we remember the many ways in which his long life has been a blessing to us,” he will say. There will not be a eulogy or sermon at the service, according to the paper, and no members of the Royal Family will give readings…….The photograph that has been released on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral was taken by the royal couple’s daughter-in-law Sophie, Countess of Wessex, the Sun reports. Striking a similar tone to several other papers, the Sun opts for the headline: “Farewell my prince.”The Daily Express says “the nation will be with” the Queen as she bids farewell to her “beloved” late husband.

Meanwhile, pregnant woman can now get the coronavirus vaccine, the i weekend reports. The announcement affects hundreds of thousands of expectant mothers in the UK. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are preferable because of “extensive” use in the US without any safety concerns, the i reports.Pregnant women will be able to have the vaccine at any stage, says the Guardian, adding the announcement has been welcomed by bereaved families and campaigners. “I lost my wife, and she has left two kids behind. No family would want to see their pregnant wife go to hospital and not come home with her baby,” Ernest Boateng told the paper. His wife, Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong, died after contracting coronavirus. About 700,000 women in England and Wales give birth each year, the paper notes.

Elsewhere, the FT Weekend says former Conservative PM David Cameron “pitched” Greensill services to a senior German government official as an investigation into its German banking arm deepened. Questions continue to be raised about Mr Cameron’s lobbying activities since leaving office. A spokesman for Mr Cameron disputed that he had solicited a meeting.

Finally, the Daily Star adopts a tongue-in-cheek tone as it reports there is a “big fat NHS contract for every reader’s sister”. It comes after it emerged that Health Secretary Matt Hancock owns shares in Topwood Ltd, which was approved as a potential supplier for NHS trusts in England. His sister, Emily Gilruth, is also involved in the firm – she owns a large portion of shares and is a director.

The Daily Mirror says the “touching” image shows the royal couple “smiling in the sunshine”. 

“One last moment with her prince” is the headline on the front of the Daily Mail, which reports that the Queen will say a private goodbye to her husband before his coffin leaves a private chapel at Windsor Castle for St George’s Chapel. 

“We are all thinking of you, Ma’am” says the Sun, as it reports that she prepared herself for today by going for a quiet drive, and by taking her corgi puppies for a walk in the gardens of Frogmore House in Windsor.

The Countess of WessexThe Queen released one her favourite photos ahead of the funeral

The Guardian raises concerns from anti-corruption campaigners about the independence of the lawyer appointed by Boris Johnson to lead a review covering David Cameron’s efforts to lobby ministers on behalf of the collapsed financing group, Greensill Capital. 

The paper says that Nigel Boardman is on the board of a private bank that has close ties with the Conservative party and has a number of former civil servants in its ranks. 

The Cabinet Office said it would be wrong to suggest there was a conflict of interest.

The FT Weekend claims Mr Cameron pitched the services of Greensill Capital to a senior German government official just as an investigation into its German banking arm deepened.

A spokesman for Mr Cameron told the paper he had no role in organising a meeting. 

The Times has spoken to friends of the former prime minister who say he is “pretty depressed” following seven weeks of revelations about his lobbying – and that he is “focused on defending himself”.

The Mirror believes President Joe Biden “is right” to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and describes the prospect of the UK following suit as a “welcome move”. 

But a comment piece on the Daily Express website questions what has been achieved by the war in Afghanistan, under a headline which accuses the US president of “running away”.Helen McCrory has died at the age of 52, her husband Damian Lewis announced on Friday

Most of the papers look back at the life and career of the actor Helen McCrory, who has died from cancer at the age of 52.

The Daily Telegraph explains that McCrory and her actor husband, Damian Lewis, had kept her diagnosis private – and that she continued to raise awareness for charities until six weeks before her death. 

The Daily Mail columnist, Baz Bamigboye, fondly remembers what he calls her “trademark laughter” – saying we have lost a “great and luminous star”. 

In the Guardian, Mark Lawson concludes that audiences have had stolen from them the great shows she would have gone on to do. 

And the Times carries research by the University of Birmingham which suggests that, if you need a favour, older generations are more likely to be more willing to “muck in and help” than young people, who tend to only go the extra mile when it benefits them. 

The paper quotes the study’s lead author, Doctor Patricia Lockwood, who says understanding how behaviours change as people get older will be critical in order to predict the impact of an ageing society.

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