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Newspaper headlines: ‘Adorable’ Archie meets the Queen

Newspaper headlines: ‘Adorable’ Archie meets the Queen

Image caption Pictures of the newly-named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor dominate the front pages, after he was introduced to the world for the first time on Wednesday. “Aaahh! It’s Archie the Adorable,” is the headline in the Daily Mail, alongside a photo of Meghan showing the infant to his great-grandmother, the Queen. Image caption The Metro

Daily Mail front page 09/05/19

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Pictures of the newly-named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor dominate the front pages, after he was introduced to the world for the first time on Wednesday. “Aaahh! It’s Archie the Adorable,” is the headline in the Daily Mail, alongside a photo of Meghan showing the infant to his great-grandmother, the Queen.

Metro front page 09/05/19

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The Metro describes the photograph – which also features Prince Philip and Meghan’s mother, Doria – as “joyful and intimate”. Prince Harry earlier described his son as “a bundle of joy” as he showed the newborn off to the public, the paper reports.

Daily Mirror front page 09/05/19

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The Daily Mirror says the Queen looked “thrilled” to meet her newest great-grandson, who was “as good as gold” as he was unveiled to the world. “Prince Harry could not take his eyes off his perfect new family”, the paper adds.

Daily Express front page 09/05/19

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The Daily Express says the “touching picture shows just how far the Royal Family have come”. The five “besotted grown-ups” gathered around the infant look like “the very essence of modern Britain” and a far cry from the “stiff formality of past Royal portraits”, the paper says.

The Sun front page 09/05/19

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For its front page, the Sun goes for a close up of an angelic Archie sleeping in his father’s arms alongside the headline “Archie Harry’s son” – a play on the infant’s middle name, Harrison.

Telegraph front page 09/05/19

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The photograph of the happy family takes up most of the Telegraph’s front page. However, the paper leads on what it describes as a “scathing attack” on British security policy from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. During his first official visit to the UK, Mr Pompeo suggested Margaret Thatcher would never have given Chinese tech firm Huawei access to British 5G networks, the paper reports.

i front page

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Meanwhile, the i says the rollout of the UK’s 5G network faces delays as Downing Street rethinks the involvement of Huawei, over fears Western intelligence sharing will be damaged. Mr Pompeo warned on Wednesday that the relationship between the US and the UK would be jeopardised if Britain went ahead with the inclusion of the Chinese tech firm, the paper reports.

The Financial Times front page 09/05/19

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The Financial Times focuses on US warnings to Iran against reviving its nuclear programme, after Tehran declared it would stop complying with parts of a 2015 atomic deal. The paper quotes US special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, as describing Tehran’s decision as “an attempt to hold the world to hostage”.

Guardian front page 09/05/19

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The Guardian leads on warnings from the Environment Agency that whole communities may need to be moved away from coasts and rivers in the face of rising global temperatures. The agency’s long-term strategy recommends urgent action in response to climate change and says flooding will not be held back merely by building ever higher defences.

The Times front page 09/05/19

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Millions of children in Britain attend schools in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution, according to an investigation on the front page of the Times. The paper says around 6,500 schools – including every school in London – are in areas where fine particles in the air exceed the World Health Organisation’s recommended limit.

Daily Star front page 09/05/19

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News that singer Kerry Katona has been fined £500 for failing to send one of her children to school, is the lead story for the Daily Star. The former member of Atomic Kitten and I’m a Celebrity winner took the child to work with her because she was too busy to get them to school, the paper says.

The new royal baby, Archie, appears on all but a couple of the front pages.

Most show an image of the Duchess of Sussex showing her child to her great grandparents, the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. There are wide smiles all round.

The Daily Mirror suggests “it is the delight on the Queen’s face that many will find so touching”.

The Mirror, along with the Sun, the Daily Express and the Daily Telegraph offer souvenir editions. By contrast the Daily Star chooses a small inset photo, entitled “Cute baby gets name”.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex unveiled baby Archie to the world on Wednesday

The newborn’s name is reported to have caught many by surprise.

The i suggests the bookmakers had been offering odds of 100/1 on Archie.

The Mail’s columnist, Richard Kay, welcomes their choice of Archie Harrison. He asks: “Could they possibly have chosen two names less weighted with tradition, less burdened with royal expectation?”

The Mail, Mirror and Sun all list other famous Archies including actor Cary Grant who was born an Archie.

The Washington Post speculates that the main character in the long-established American comic, Archie Comics, that was televised two years ago, was the inspiration.

“Archie Andrews… along with Harry, is one of the most famous redheads, fictional or otherwise, to ever exist,” it says.

PM’s ‘end-game’

Despite the baby celebrations, the prime minister’s troubles still receive plenty of coverage.

Matt’s cartoon in the Telegraph depicts a TV correspondent at Windsor reporting: “Baby Archie is 7th in line to the throne and 5th favourite to replace Mrs May.”

In its leader comment, it suggests many Conservative backbenchers shared the sentiment of Andrea Jenkyns, who called on her leader to resign during Prime Minister’s Questions.

The i suggests a disastrous showing in the European elections could spell the end of her premiership. A cabinet minister told the Mail: “This feel like the end-game. The walls are closing in on her.”

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There’s a warning in the Guardian that coastal and riverside villages and towns in Britain may have to be abandoned as climate change increases flooding and cliff erosion.

It says the Environment Agency has explained that building ever higher flood defences won’t work. More than five million people are at risk, according to the Times.

The Telegraph reports that record numbers of gay couples and single women are using fertility treatment. It says the number of women seeking IVF with a female partner has risen eight-fold in the past year.

Meanwhile, the Guardian focuses on figures that reveal the proportion of IVF treatments funded by the NHS has fallen to its lowest level.

‘Amsterdam in tears’

The UK papers are jubilant about the all England Champions League Final, after Tottenham beat Ajax, but the Dutch media is licking its wounds.

“Amsterdam in tears,” is the headline of De Telegraaf. It writes: “Almost the whole of football-loving Netherlands is disappointed. How could this go wrong?”

Ajax’s captain, Matthijs de Ligt, tells the Rotterdam-based AD news website how it seemed like a dream, losing in the last second.

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Tottenham scored three second-half goals to reach their first Champions League final

And finally the Telegraph reports that sheep have been enrolled at a primary school in France.

The unusual measure was taken in the Alpine town of Crets to boost pupil numbers to stop the school being closed.

The i says the creatures were signed onto the register with names such as Baa-bete (baa beast) and Saute-Mouton (jumping sheep).

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