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Prince Philip tributes fly off the press

Newspaper presses worked overtime to produce hundreds of print pages and special issues in memory of the late HRH Prince Philip, following his death last week.

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Fleet street has been known for printing and publishing since the 16th century as most British national titles were based here. Image: Josep Renalias

The Duke of Edinburgh’s death was announced on the morning of Friday 9th April, and from the get-go, national titles put all else on hold and worked to the bone, many producing brand new papers overnight in time for weekend issues.

According to the Press Gazette, the UK’s national newspapers produced over 500 pages of print over the weekend following the Prince’s death. This included 348 main pages, and an additional 201 pages in special supplements and pull-outs. Special wraparound cover designs could also be seen adorning the shelves of newsstands over the weekend.

Saturday 10th April saw the Daily Mail print its largest ever newspaper comprising 144 pages which included features, analysis and comment, as well as hundreds of photographs and a special souvenir magazine.

Over 500 pages of print were dedicated to tributes over the weekend following Prince Philip’s death

In a photo-series, Daily Mail publisher DMG Media, explained to readers how the newspapers were produced using metal sheets which are placed onto drums and coated in ink to be transferred onto newsprint.

The same article describes how the print run fired off “thousands of copies every few minutes”, and how the bundles of paper were “rushed off the presses” to be distributed across the UK overnight, in time for the morning.

The Sun on Sunday followed suit with a 27-page paper complete with a 24-page pull-out, and the Daily Mail produced a further 15 pages dedicated to The Prince on Monday 12th April.

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