Queen Elizabeth II: How Middle East newspapers reacted to the monarch's death

Queen Elizabeth II: How Middle East newspapers reacted to the monarch's death
News of Queen Elizabeth II's death was splashed across newspapers in the Middle East on Friday.
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09 September, 2022
Queen Elizabeth's death has made headlines across the world [source: Getty]

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, died on Thursday at the age of 96.

According to her family, the monarch passed "peacefully" at her Scottish estate, just hours after she ushered in a new UK government under Liz Truss. 

The Queen’s death and King Charles III's succession were covered in newspapers across the Middle East. 


A number of newspapers in Lebanon marked the Queen’s death on their front page, with tributes such as "The great lady has gone" and "long live Charles III". 

Leading Arabic daily Annahar led with "And London has fallen". 

Lebanese journalists shared news about the country's three days of mourning in the wake of Queen Elizabeth's death. This was met with outrage among some social media users given that only one day of mourning followed the 2020 Beirut blast when over 200 people died. 


Jordan's AL Rai newspaper
Jordan's Al Rai newspaper on September 9 [source: screenshot]

Front page news of Jordan's Al Rai newspaper read: "The world mourns Queen Elizabeth" on Friday. 

Petra, the kingdom's official news agency as well as The Jordan Times and Roya News also splashed stories about the Queen's death on their front pages. 

Petra news agency
Jordan News Agency Petra led with a tribute from King Abdullah II on September 9 [source: screenshot]

Saudi Arabia 

The Queen's death covered the front page of English-language news site Saudi Gazette on Friday. 

Saudi Gazette Friday
Front page of the Saudi Gazette on September 9 [source: screenshot]

The state's official news agency SPA featured messages of condolences from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on their website and Twitter feed.


Doha's Gulf Times led with news of the Queen's death on Thursday alongside a message of condolence from Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. 

Qatar Gulf Times
Front page of Qatar's Gulf Times on September 9 [source: Getty]


The death of Queen Elizabeth II led the front page of the Oman Daily on Friday. The news site's lead story hailed the "strong" political, economic and military relations between Britain and Oman. 

The Oman Daily on September 9 [source: screenshot]
The Oman Daily on September 9 [source: screenshot]


The Kuwait News Agency, the official state news wire service, placed messages of condolence from the country's Emir to King Charles III at the top of its front page. 

Kuwait news
Kuwait News Agency on September 9 [source: screenshot]

Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Qabas printed the headline: "London Bridge has fallen". 


The Iraqi News Agency included a number of condolence messages following the Queen's death on its front page. 

Iraqi News Agency on September 9
Iraqi News Agency on September 9 [source: screenshot]

Several Iraqis on social media shared pictures of Queen Elizabeth meeting King Faisal II in the 1950s. 


Iran adopted a very different tone. Official news agency, IRNA, listed the "crimes" committed during Queen Elizabeth's reign. This included the "killing of Irish people, chemical bombing of Iraq, killing of Yemenis, co-orchestrating Iran's 1953 coup and wars on Egypt, Syria and Afghanistan". 

The Queen had only a figurehead role and held no political power according to the UK's constitution.