How Asian Media and Commonwealth Countries Covered Queen Elizabeth’s Death

Asian media workers were shocked to learn that Queen Elizabeth died in the middle of the night. Buckingham Palace announced her death at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday. This meant that some had to catch up. This was accomplished quicker via TV and online media than by print media.

Australia is a Commonwealth country that has lost its monarch. Public radio and television broadcaster Australian Broadcasting Corporation newsreaders wore black in Australia. The Queen’s reign spanned seven decades and programming has been changed to reflect her life.

News Corp., which owns major Australian print news brands, announced that it will publish souvenir issues Saturday. These include The Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph and The Courier-Mail, as well as The Advertiser.

The Australian parliament will be suspended for fifteen days. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Governor General David Hurley, and other officials from Australia will travel to London to attend the funeral service. After their return, a national memorial service in Australia will be held.

The online edition of the New Zealand Herald, another Commonwealth member, featured multiple stories about the Queen. Its headline read: “Farewell to Your Majesty; King Charles speaks of his ‘greatest sorrow’; NZ Army will fire a 96-round gun salute.”

Japan has its own imperial traditions. Many Japanese newspapers carried the British royal news prominently. Two stories about the Queen’s funeral were featured in Nikkei’s online edition.

The Korea Times’ Friday online coverage began with a photo of Queen Elizabeth II and Barack Obama at a tete-a tete at an official banquet. The headline read: Queen Elizabeth II, dead at 96, after 70 years on throne.

The Chinese state media were cooler. Global Times tabloid English edition placed a photo-led article about the Queen below its main coverage of “Ukraine Crisis” which China portrays as a U.S./Russian conflict.

By mid-morning, the authoritative People’s Daily hadn’t given the matter front page coverage in Chinese-language or English-language editions. The English edition was topped by the story “Xi presents order for military officer to rank general.”

Mixed reactions were seen from Thai media, which is often slow to respond to events overseas. The Bangkok Post’s online edition began with “Queen Elizabeth II Dies” and was followed by a story about “key moments”. Others in Thailand were more concerned with flooding and weather. Many readers find this a pressing issue, with much of Bangkok being under water since Thursday afternoon. Heavy rain is expected to continue through Saturday.

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