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1. Britain enters eight days of national mourning for Prince Philip
Britain has entered eight days of mourning for the Duke of Edinburgh during which flags will be flown at half mast, TV presenters will wear black and Parliament will pass no new laws.
Between now and Prince Philip’s funeral, the Queen will not carry out any duties either in public or in private, and any new laws requiring Royal Assent will not be sent to her for approval. Read the full story.
2. Prince Charles says father ‘would want to be remembered as an individual in his own right’
Prince Charles paid a heartfelt tribute to his father last night, saying the Duke of Edinburgh would want to be remembered as an individual “in his own right”.
Prince Philip has been widely praised for the steadfast support and guidance he gave the Queen throughout their married life. Read the full story.
3. Prince Harry expected to return to UK for funeral – without Meghan
The Duke of Sussex is expected to return to the UK from the USA for the funeral of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, despite widespread travel restrictions.
However, it is thought unlikely that the Duchess, heavily pregnant with their second child, will join him. Read the full story.
4. Drinkers told they must wear masks in some pub beer gardens
Pub drinkers in some parts of England will be forced to wear masks even when outside from Monday, thanks to even stricter rules for reopening drawn up by some overzealous councils.
Landlords have been told they must enforce mask-wearing by their customers when they are walking around beer gardens, despite national guidance that only requires face coverings indoors. Read the full story.
5. ‘Light at end of tunnel’ for summer holidays as Grant Shapps lifts block on bookings
Grant Shapps on Friday lifted the Government’s block on families booking summer holidays despite a backlash over restrictions which the industry claims will put travel out of reach of many people.
Mr Shapps, the Transport Secretary, said that for the first time he was able not to advise people against booking holidays abroad – although he could not guarantee that travel would restart on May 17, the earliest date pencilled in for foreign breaks to begin again. Read the full story.
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