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Newspaper headlines: ‘The loneliest goodbye’ as Queen bids ‘farewell’

The Sunday Mirror front page 18 April 2021
Images of the Queen sitting alone at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral dominate Sunday’s front pages. “The loneliest goodbye” is the headline in the Sunday Mirror. Coronavirus and social distancing rules mean households can only sit in their bubble, so the Queen had to be separate from other mourners at St George’s Chapel, in Windsor Castle. The duke died at the age of 99 on Friday 9 April.

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A photograph of the Queen sitting alone in St George’s Chapel during the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral features on many of the front pages.

The Mail on Sunday says it was a “fitting farewell”. Although the pandemic meant the funeral looked different to how it would have been under normal circumstances, the ceremonial aspects of the day and the service were in line with the duke’s wishes. The funeral service was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, with the Archbishop of Canterbury pronouncing the blessing. Prince Philip’s service to the Queen, nation and Commonwealth were mentioned, as were the duke’s naval associations and love of the sea.The Queen’s four children – the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex – were all in attendance, but out of reach:

Sunday Telegraph reports. “There was no hand to hold, no reassuring pat on the arm,” the paper adds.On its main front page, the Sunday Times describes the “lonely Queen, a masked figure all in black, head bowed under her hat”. The paper says Prince Philip was the “patriarch who banged heads together in their often exasperating family”. The paper also has a special wrap, featuring two images of St George’s Chapel and the funeral procession.

In the photograph taken outside the chapel, the modified Land Rover – which the duke himself helped to design – can be seen. Prince Philip’s coffin was carried on the vehicle from the private chapel in Windsor Castle to St George’s chapel itself.For “what must have seemed for the first time”, the Queen’s consort and husband of more than seven decades was not sitting next to her in the chapel, the Observer says.

Meanwhile, the paper reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been urged to tackle “the burgeoning sleaze crisis” in Whitehall – or risk losing recently-won red wall votes.”Alone in her grief,” the Sunday People says, with a close-up image of the Queen on her way to the funeral.

Although more than 730 members of the armed forces took part in the event, with the funeral procession headed by the Band of the Grenadier Guards, the Major General’s party, and military service chiefs, there was a limit of 30 mourners inside the chapel.The Sunday Express’s message for the Queen is: “You’re not alone Ma’am.” The monarch may have been sitting by herself at her husband’s funeral, the paper says, “but we all share her grief”.And the Daily Star Sunday adds that the funeral saw brothers the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex reunited for the first time in more than a year.

“Bless her” is the headline in the Daily Star Sunday as it points out that it was the first time the monarch had been “truly alone” for 73 years. 

The Sunday Express describes the Queen as “tearful”, but offers the reassurance that “we all share her grief”. 

The Mail on Sunday says the Queen has never been in more need of the loyalty and prayers of her people, as she is faced with doing alone what she has done for most of her life with her “brave, funny, wise and experienced consort” at her side. 

In the Sunday Mirror, the Queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, believes her work will help her carry on during what is going to be one of the most difficult periods of her life, and that she will want to get back to it as soon as possible. 

PA MediaThe Queen sat alone because of coronavirus restrictions

The Sun on Sunday is pleased that “Princes William and Harry behaved like brothers” at their grandfather’s funeral – adding that the “sight of the pair chatting in the aftermath of the service will raise hopes they can be reconciled”. 

In the Sunday Times, Roya Nikkah believes she saw a “flicker” of the frost beginning to thaw. 

The Duchess of Cambridge is widely credited for acting as a peacemaker by chatting to her brother-in-law as they left the chapel, before hanging back to let the brothers talk.

The Sunday Mirror sets out the process using a step-by-step picture guide to explain how the two men started the afternoon “solemn and tense”, and ended up “side by side”. 

The Sunday People comments that Saturday’s funeral service displayed all that is important and serious in the monarchy and showed up what it calls the “triviality and fickleness” of the siblings in whose hands the future of the Crown will one day rest.

ReutersMembers of the Royal Family walked behind the duke’s coffin

The Sunday Times makes fresh claims about David Cameron’s work for the now collapsed finance firm Greensill Capital. 

The paper has obtained an email from during the first wave of the pandemic, in which the former prime minister lobbied the NHS for access to doctors’ and nurses’ personal data, in order to improve the effectiveness of a payment app, developed by Greensill, which he had spent months encouraging health trusts to use. 

The Sunday Telegraph reports that every living prime minister who has quit politics will be called to give evidence, in public, to a major new anti-corruption lobbying inquiry which is being launched on Monday. 

The Conservative MP, William Wragg, who chairs the committee that will carry out the inquiry, uses a comment piece in the paper to stress that the “questionable judgement” of a few, must not “tarnish all”.

PA MediaThe Queen watches as pallbearers carry the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh during his funeral

“Beer we go” is the headline in the Sunday People as it reports that “lockdown-weary Brits” drank six million pints yesterday, on the first Saturday since the coronavirus restrictions were eased in England. 

It points out that some of those celebrating were not wearing masks or sticking to social distancing rules – fuelling fears of another wave of the virus. 

The Sunday Mirror says the “first weekend of freedom in months” led to a “sun-soaked splurge of socialising”.

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