The Papers: ‘Nation says farewell’ in ‘the long goodbye’

Without exception, the papers all focus on the start of the Queen’s lying-in-state, with a number of titles choosing to use full-page photographs – and few words – to report yesterday’s events on their front pages.

Metro features the procession taking the Queen from Buckingham Palace to the Palace of Westminster, with the Imperial State Crown placed on top of her coffin in sharp focus in the centre of the image. “Our jewel, her crown”, it says.

The Daily Mail also has a single photo, showing the coffin in place at Westminster Hall, guarded by a soldier bowing his head in respect. “She lies at peace as her people bid solemn farewells”, says the headline.

The front page of the Daily Express highlights the scale and grandeur of the occasion, with the Queen’s coffin towards the bottom of an image that includes the magnificent hammer-beam roof of Westminster Hall.

On its wraparound, the Times shows members of the First Battalion Grenadier Guards carefully laying the regiment’s flag on…

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