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World media mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II

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Tributes to Queen Elizabeth II’s dignity and sense of duty feature in much of the reporting of her death around the world on Friday.

The length of her reign made her “the one constant in an inconstant world”, The New York Times said.

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In Canada – where Queen Elizabeth was head of state – one analyst says she was a “perfect and unobtrusive sovereign”.


She “abided stoically with whatever way the country wanted to deploy her”, the commentator adds in the Globe and Mail.

The front page of the Globe and Mail

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In Australia, another Commonwealth country, one self-avowed republican describes meeting with the Queen.

Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, she expressed surprise “to feel true grief about the death of someone you do not know”.

Front page of the Sydney Morning Herald

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In Russia, primetime TV bulletins hailed Queen Elizabeth’s “exemplary and impeccable” life and reign, stressing her longevity.

Screenshot of NTV's coverage

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China’s state broadcaster CGTN described her death as a “significant loss for a world desperately trying to cling onto the qualities she embodied”.

The channel highlighted the Queen’s support for improving ties between China and the UK.

Screenshot of CGTN story

Image source, CGTN

In Japan, the Mainichi newspaper also paid tribute to the Queen’s diplomatic achievements.

The Mainichi front page

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France’s Le Monde stressed her role in easing Britain’s transition from Empire to Commonwealth.

She helped keep a group of independent states historically and economically linked to London, the daily argues.

Front page of Le Monde

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Many reports pay homage to a monarch who was an indefatigable traveller. India’s Republic TV fondly recalled royal visits to the Commonwealth’s largest nation.

Screenshot of Republic TV's report

Image source, Republic TV

Singapore’s main English language daily looks back on a visit in 1989 when she met then-Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

Front page of The Straits Times

Image source, The Straits Times

In the Bahamas, The Tribune recalls that pupils in every state school sang God Save the Queen before the Caribbean archipelago became independent in 1973.

Front page of The Tribune

Image source, The Tribune

In Antigua and Barbuda, another Commonwealth island nation, the newspaper remembers the Queen’s kind words during her last visit in 2016.

Screenshot of the Antigua Observer

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But not every newspaper is impressed by Queen Elizabeth’s globe-trotting record.

Haaretz in Israel notes that the country was not among the many Her Majesty graced with her presence during her long reign.


Image source, Haaretz

No such ambivalence in Saudi Arabia’s Arab News. The Queen, the paper says, held true to the tradition of the “public service monarchy”.

“It meant touring the country and the world, meeting people with power and those without it, always being prepared to engage with anyone, to talk with animation, or to know when not to talk,” the comment adds.

Arab news article

Image source, Arab News

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