Queen Elizabeth II death: how did the world’s media react - from newspapers to television programmes

Newspapers and television programmes around the world paid tribute to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Not only was the nation in mourning, but the world was too, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

World leaders and international figures shared tributes to the late monarch after news broke of her passing, including US President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Media outlets all over the globe also maked her death with front pages and televised news programmes paying tribute to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

How did the world’s media react to the death of Queen Elizabeth II?


British newpaper front pages on the morning of 9 September 2022 were unsurprisingly sombre.


The Daily Telegraph’s front page in memory of Queen Elizabeth II. (Credit: Daily Telegraph/Twitter)

Many featured a black and white edition, with portraits of the Queen, remembering her life and legacy.

The Daily Telegraph paid tribute featuring a large black and white image of the Queen on the broadsheet, alongside the quote “Grief is the price we pay for love”.

A young Queen Elizabeth II pictured after her coronation, adorned the front page of The Guardian. (Credit: The Guardian/Twitter)

The Guardian opted for a colourised image of the Queen at the beginning of her reign in 1952.

United States


Parts of the United States learned of the news at around midday, with news programmes stopped to bring the breaking news.

Fox News was among those channels to share the passing of the Queen live on air, with the breaking news also being shared to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre mid-press conference.

Some of the most prominent newspapers across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

The Wall Street Journal’s front page on 9 September 2022. (Credit: WSJ/Twitter)
The New York Times led with a black and white tribute to the Queen. (Credit: New York Times/Twitter)

The news also made its way onto American late night television, with ex-pat James Corden leading tributes to the Queen during the opening monolgue on The Late Late Show. You can watch the monologue below.



French President Emmanuel Macron led tributes from France, the country outside the UK which the Queen visited the most.

In his address, he said: “To you, she was your Queen. To us, she was The Queen.”

Tributes continued throughout French media with front pages splashed with fitting tributes.

La Parisien paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II following her death. (Credit: La Parisien/Twitter)


Newpaper La Parisien had a full front page dedicated to the former monarch, alongside the quote ‘nous l’avons tant aimée’ - meaning ‘we loved her so much’.


As a state of the Commonwealth, Canada had a shared mourning with Britain after news broke of her death.

Leading the tributes was Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who tearily described Queen Elizabeth II as one of his “favourite people”.

The mourning poured over into the media, with newspapers creating full front page tributes.

The National Post in Canada paid tribute to the head of the Commonwealth. (Credit: National Post/Twitter)


The National Post covered its broadsheet in an illustration of the Queen to mark her passing.


Sky News Italy broke the news of the death live on air, with the presenter sharing the news while holding back tears.

Images during the broadcast cut to Buckingham Palace where flags were shown at half-mast.

Corriere Della Sera was among the Italian newspapers to devote front page space to the Queen’s death, alongside a quote which read ‘la regina dei deu secoli’ - meaning ‘the queen of the two centuries’.


Corriere Della Sera led with a tribute to the Queen. (Credit: Twitter)


Some of the most iconic landmarks in the world were lit up in red, white and blue to pay tribute to the late monarch.

Christ the Redeemer, the towering staute over Rio de Janerio, was among those to be lit.

Christ the Redeemer was lit up in the colour of the Union flag. (Credit: Getty Images)


Newspapers also paid tribute, with Folha de São Paulo covering the front page in the Queen’s image.

Folha de São Paulo covered its front page in a tribute to The Queen. (Credit: Folha de São Paulo/Twitter)