Queen Elizabeth II Recalls ‘Horrible’ Moment on Her Coronation Day and What She Couldn't Stand Wearing

Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne on Feb. 6, 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI. Her coronation took place a year and a half later on June 3, 1953, in order to allow an appropriate time period to grieve the former monarch before celebrating the crowning of their heir.

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The service was held at Westminster Abbey and was the first coronation in history to be televised, pulling in an audience of more than 20 million in the U.K. alone. Although the event was broadcast to such a large audience there are plenty of things the public never knew about that day. But during a rare interview in 2018, the queen shared a few details about her coronation including what she thought was “horrible” and what she couldn’t stand wearing.

Queen Elizabeth remembers ‘horrible’ carriage ride to Westminster Abbey

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Sky News noted that the royal family matriarch reflected on that historic day and admitted that she found her transportation in the gold carriage to be “horrible” because it was so uncomfortable.

She and Prince Philip were taken to the Abbey in the Gold State Coach–a 16th-century gilded carriage drawn by eight gray horses named Cunningham, Tovey, Noah, Tedder, Eisenhower, Snow White, Tipperary, and McCreery. However, the queen explained that the coach “wasn’t meant for traveling.”

“It’s not meant for traveling in at all. I mean it’s only sprung on leather. Not very comfortable,” she remembered. “It can only go at walking pace. The horses couldn’t possibly go any faster. It’s so heavy.”

She discussed issues with her dress and restrictions with the crown

Queen Elizabeth revealed that she dealt with an unexpected issue with her gown that stopped her in her tracks.

“I remember one moment when I was going against the pile of the carpet and I couldn’t move at all,” she recalled.

The sovereign also discussed restrictions she faced wearing the St. Edward’s Crown placed on her head during the service. The headpiece, which is the oldest in the Royal Collection as it was constructed back in 1661 for the coronation of King Charles II, weighs nearly five pounds and is 12-inches high.

“Fortunately, my father and I have about the same sort of shaped head, but once you put it on, it stays. I mean, it just remains itself,” she said of the crown her dad wore before her for his coronation on May 12, 1937. “You can’t look down to read the speech, you have to take the speech up. Because if you did your neck would break, it would fall off. So there are some disadvantages to crowns, but otherwise, they’re quite important things.”

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George Floyd Funeral Services to Be Held Over the Next Week in 3 Different States


Funeral services for George Floyd, the unarmed man who died while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers last week, will be taking place over the course of the next week.

The first memorial service for Floyd will be held in Minneapolis, where he was killed, his family's attorney, Benjamin Crump, said, CNN reported Tuesday.

The service will take place at North Central University from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Reverend Al Sharpton is expected to deliver a eulogy, the outlet reported.

Two days later, a service will be held in North Carolina, where Floyd was born.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert A. Peterkin announced on Facebook Tuesday that the service will be held at the Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters, with a public viewing portion from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A private, family-only service will follow at 3 p.m.

"As the Sheriff of Hoke County, I’m asking on behalf of the Floyd family for those who plan on attending the viewing to be respectful to the sensitivity of the family’s time of grief," Peterkin wrote on Facebook. "The memorial is about the life that Mr. George Floyd lived and this is a time to embrace the family with expressions of love and kindness."

Peterkin added that guests will be required to wear a mask to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and that there will be "no protesting allowed."

A third memorial service will be held in Houston, Texas — where Floyd grew up — on Monday, June 8.

A public visitation will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Fountain of Praise, and Reverend Dr. Remus E. Wright will speak, according to a statement from the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center shared on Facebook. A private service will take place the following day at 11 a.m.

Joe Biden will attend the service in Houston, Crump said during an interview on PBS Newshour Tuesday.

"We understand Vice President Biden will be in attendance," Crump said. CNN reported later Tuesday that the plans have not yet been finalized.

Retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather has reportedly offered to pay for all three funeral services,  TMZ Sports reported Monday.

A GoFundMe campaign organized by Floyd's family after his death last week has raised more than $10 million to "cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George."

"A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund," Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, wrote on the campaign page.

Floyd died on May 25 after former officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground with a knee on his neck for several minutes despite Floyd's repeated cries of "I can't breathe," was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. The three other officers present were fired, but have not yet been charged.

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Shame of Andrew Cuomo’s blame game: Goodwin

In my early days as an opinion writer, a savvy veteran took me aside to explain his mordant view of the job. It requires, he said with a smile, someone willing to safely watch the battle from afar, then walk around the battlefield and finish off the wounded.

If true, that would mean being an opinion writer is a lot like being governor, at least according to the way Andrew Cuomo does the job. In Tuesday’s example of safe second-guessing, Cuomo said it was a “disgrace” the way Mayor de Blasio and the NYPD failed to stop the ­rioting and looting in the city.

“The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job last night,” ­Cuomo told reporters in Albany. “The police in New York City were not effective in doing their job last night. They have to do a better job.”

“You have 38,000 police officers. Deploy them. Give them support,” he added.

Cuomo, noting that de Blasio refused his offer to send 13,000 National Guard troops to the city, even talked about invoking his right to remove his fellow Democrat from office.

“It is a bizarre thing to try to do in this situation,” the governor said. “I think it would make a bad situation worse. Also, I don’t think it’s necessary, because I believe the NYPD can do this, because the NYPD has done this.”

There you have it — another classic Cuomo moment, one where he asserts maximum power and accepts minimum responsibility.

He has the National Guard on standby, but won’t send them. He believes he has the legal authority to remove the mayor, but won’t do it.

Thanks for nothing.

Cuomo’s view of his power is absolute in that only he has the power to decide when to exercise it. He picks and chooses the opportunities that serve him best.

He had no qualms about forcing the shutdown of the entire state during the coronavirus, including city schools, despite de Blasio’s reluctance. When de Blasio later said schools would not open again for the academic year, Cuomo said only he had the power to make that decision. A few days later, he ordered that the schools stay closed, exactly as de Blasio predicted.

This is the same Cuomo who claimed, “I don’t know” when asked about his executive order that sent COVID-19 patients to nursing homes, where many thousands of helpless residents became infected and died.

He eventually blamed the deaths on God, President Trump and The Post.

Last Saturday, he faulted the cops for being too aggressive and demanded an investigation. Now he blames the mayor and the cops for not being aggressive enough to stop the wave of violence and ­destruction over two nights.

Fair enough — the cops and de Blasio were slow and overwhelmed, but where was Cuomo? Who elected him to be just a Tuesday morning quarterback?

The whole world knows de Blasio is lazy, corrupt and incompetent, but that’s no excuse for Cuomo to abdicate his own responsibility. It might help if he actually talked with the mayor, but he and de Blasio rarely talk to each other, only at each other.

Meanwhile, New York City is headed for intensive care, with the city rapidly becoming unliv­able and chances growing there will be a mass exodus of everybody who can get out. Because of the coronavirus, the shutdown and recent surges in crime, some 15 percent of Manhattan already had left in recent months, according to cellphone data reported by The Wall Street Journal.

And now rioting and looting are sweeping across broad swaths of Manhattan and parts of the outer boroughs. And although Cuomo set the initial 11 p.m. curfew for Monday, it was widely ignored. Now it is moved to 8 p.m., yet the governor doesn’t lift a finger to enforce it.

He can’t say he wasn’t warned. Looting and arson were happening around the country days before it started in New York. Sunday night’s mayhem in Gotham was predictable and because it wasn’t stopped, the city got a double dose Monday.

Yes, there are legitimate, peaceful protests and they are a cherished right under our Constitution. But in reality, the protests are now being used as a cover for something dangerous and illegal.

People throwing Molotov cocktails at police vans and smashing store windows with crowbars and baseball bats are not protesters. People who loot high-end shops are not protesting capitalism — they are stealing the fruits of ­others’ labor.

They are criminals, and the violence they are perpetuating will scare businesses and cost jobs and opportunities. Yet even that under­states what’s going on in much of urban America.

The violence is a direct attack on our nation, our system of government and on the American way of life.

And the police, as the guardians of society, are coming under increased assault, with the criminals using the George Floyd homicide as an excuse. Floyd certainly didn’t deserve to die, but cops in New York and across America don’t deserve to be in the crosshairs because of what happened in Minneapolis.

Make no mistake — this is also about defeating Trump in November. Joe Biden’s outrageous speech Tuesday removes any doubt that Democrats are trying to use Floyd’s death and the riots as partisan rallying cries, just as they tried to use the pandemic.

They don’t offer answers or even pretend to care about national unity. Every crisis is an opportunity for pushing their agenda, as they always remind us. And why is Sen. Chuck Schumer suddenly so quiet as his city burns?

If Biden had any passion or respect for law enforcement, he kept it well hidden in his Philadelphia address. Like Cuomo, he criticized cops far more than he did the arsonists and looters, and professed to see almost exclusively peaceful protests.

He also denounced widespread racism, as if every white American killed George Floyd. Apparently, individual liberty and responsibility have been replaced by group guilt.

Good luck with that platform in November. Assuming, of course, America makes it to November.

A way to heal nation

David Marshall, a friend who leans conservative, thinks the Floyd case must lead to a comprehensive and different national response. He has a provocative idea, writing:

“My suggestion is for President Trump to form a Department of Minority Affairs. It must be a group whose very presence constitutes respect and leadership. It must be ­bipartisan and include both sexes and possibly only minority members.

“The leader of this department must have a Cabinet position, secretary of minority affairs. It should be made up of people from all walks of life. The majority of members should be household names, and being appointed must be the highest honor. I would include politicians, athletes, actors, prominent businesspeople and top-ranking military and police officers.”

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The Weeknd's Call to Action for Music Industry: 'No One Profits Off of Black Music More'

The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, is urging “industry partners and execs” to support causes that address racial equality as he has through giving $500,000 to a number of organizations.

On Tuesday, a bevy of companies in the music business participated in a day of silent protest dubbed #BlackoutTuesday and #TheShowMustBePaused, which asked the industry to “not conduct business as usual” and instead spend time reflecting on how to support the black community.

“To my fellow respected industry partners and execs — no one profits off of black music more than the labels and streaming services,” the Weeknd wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “I gave yesterday and I urge you to go big and public with yours this week. It would mean the world to me and the community if you can join us.”

On Monday, the singer donated $200,000 to Black Lives Matter Global Network, $200,000 to Colin Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense initiative and $100,000 to National Bail Out, which he shared on Instagram.

“Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives,” he wrote. “Urging everyone with big pockets to give and give big and if you have less please give what you can even if it’s a small amount.”

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The truth about Lana del Rey and Ariana Grande’s relationship

We know that Lana Del Rey attracts other creative types. She’s had a long-term friendship with James Franco and has collaborated with several musicians over her prolific career. One collab that totally caught our attention was the union of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey for the song “Don’t Call Me Angel” for Charlie’s Angels.

Since their artistic connection, it seemed like Del Rey could not stop singing Grande’s praises. In an interview with 104.3 MYfm in August 2019, Del Rey got asked about confidence and said, “Like Ariana. She’s very confident.”

In addition, Del Rey did an interview with The New York Times and praised Grande again while speaking about the Charlie’s Angels song: “First of all, I really, really like Ariana. I had been listening to ‘Dangerous Woman’ a lot. I got her number at some point and we would chat. And then ‘Thank U, Next’ came out and I freaking loved that record. Every song, I was like, how did she write that? So when she asked me to do the ‘Charlie’s Angels’ feature, I was like, ‘All right, if you really want me to!'”

She later added, “[T]hen Ariana’s choices of intonation, it might not be traditional, but it’s very good.”

While things looked solid between the two musicians, something has happened recently that might signify a feud between them. Keep reading to find out.

Lana Del Rey unfollows Ariana Grande

There was a trail of evidence that Lana Del Rey and Ariana Grande respected each other as musicians. Grande asked Del Rey to collaborate on the Charlie’s Angels song. Meanwhile, when Del Rey visited the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, she performed Grande’s song, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”

But trouble started brewing because of the recent posts Del Rey has shared on social media where she criticized other female musicians, including Grande, saying that they use sexuality in their music and wear “no clothes.”

Well, because of this, things might not be so great now between Del Rey and Grande. In a later post, Del Rey seemed to imply that Grande reached out to her, by saying: “Despite the feedback that I’ve heard from several people that I mentioned in a complementary way, whether it be Ariana or Doja Cat….” This totally sounds like Grande spoke with Del Rey.

As further evidence of a feud, Pop Crave pointed out on May 22, 2020 that Del Rey unfollowed Grande on Instagram shortly after that post. This doesn’t bode well. Hopefully they can work out the disagreement because we loved their collabs and the way they continually supported each other! 

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These dead celebrities are still making money

Taylor Swift dethrones Beyoncé as highest-paid woman in music

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Some of the world most famous entertainers have passed and left behind their legends and great bodies of work, which is still bringing big bucks to their estates. Who among these artists makes the most money, years after their death?

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Bob Marley performing live on stage at the Brighton Leisure Centre, UK.(Photo by Mike Prior/Redferns)

Bob Marley

Musician Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley is considered one of the pioneers of Jamaica's reggae music and arguably gave it international exposure.  Fusing reggae with elements of ska and rocksteady, Marley's heartfelt lyrics and infectious melodies made him and his work something of a benchmark, not just in reggae but also as a singer-songwriter.

Marley sadly passed away from skin cancer on May 11, 1981. He was 36. His legacy and astounding back catalog earned the Bob Marley estate $20 million last year, according to Forbes.

Arnold Palmer tees off on the 10th hole with a good margin of lead over Phil Rodgers and Jacky Cupit. Palmer went on to win the World Series Playoff berth by defeating Rodgers by 5 strokes and Cupit by 7.

Arnold Palmer 

Professional golf player, Arnold Palmer, is often remembered as one of the greats of the game. Since 1995, his illustrious career has won a number of events including PGA Tour and the circuit (now called PGA Tour Champions). In 1974 Palmer was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974, cementing his place amongst the best in the field.

During his life, he made lucrative partnerships with brands like Rolex and MasterCard and lent his name, image and signature to AriZona iced tea.

Palmer died in 2016 of heart disease. He was 87. In 2019, Palmer still brought in $30 million.

Charles M. Schulz with a few of his Peanuts characters, including (on top of books) Lucy van Pelt and Charlie Brown, and below, from left, Linus (with blanket), Snoopy and Schroeder (at piano). Image dated January 1, 1962. (Photo by CBS via Getty Ima

Charles Schultz

Cartoonist Charles Monroe "Sparky" Schulz was the man behind the popular Peanuts comic strip, which features characters like Snoopy, Charlie Brown and Woodstock. Schultz has often been called the most influential cartoonist of all time. He inspired others such as Garfield creator Jim Davis and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Schultz's success with Peanuts resulted in an animated TV show, movies and merchandise. The accomplished cartoonist passed away from cancer in 2000. He was 77.

Last year, Schultz and Peanuts made $38 million.

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Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Elvis Presley

The King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, is one of the key icons of the 20th century. He ushered in a wave of new music in 1954. And since then, Presley has sold an estimated one billion records worldwide.

Despite dying from a heart attack in 1977, Presley still continued to sell hit songs posthumously and Presley memorabilia and merchandise add to the fortune he already earned prior to his death at age 42.

Elvis Presley is often considered the highest-selling individual artist based on sales claims, and his last biggest hit came with 2002's A Little Less Conversation (as Elvis vs JXL). The song was a number 1 hit in no less than 13 countries 25 years after he died.

In 2019, Presley earned around $39 million.

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VARIOUS, VARIOUS – JUNE 25: Michael Jackson performs in concert circa 1986. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Michael Jackson

From the King of Rock 'n' Roll to the King of Pop. Michael Jackson is regarded as one of the most important cultural icons of the late 20th century. He started off as a young singer with his brothers in The Jackson 5 and went on to have a solo career at just 13. But it was his fifth studio album in 1979 that really marked the beginning of a phenomenally successful and prominent career.

His 1982 album 'Thriller' has sold more than 47 million copies since its release.

Jackson died in 2009 from a cardiac arrest. Ten years later, his estate still brought in an astounding $60 million.

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George W. Bush Releases Shockingly Progressive Statement Supporting Black Lives Matter!

Wow. You know things have gotten bad when we’re even tempted to look back on the era of George W. Bush with fondness.

But what can we say? Amid the continued protests against police brutality on Tuesday, we heard from yet another former president who had a much more unifying message than He Who Shall Not Be Named.

While he may have been a major part of the problem during his time in office, W’s message was one of unity — and fully supportive of Black Lives Matter and the protests! He wrote:

“Laura and I are anguished by the brutal suffocation of George Floyd and disturbed by the injustice and fear that suffocate our country. Yet we have resisted the urge to speak out, because this is not the time for us to lecture. It is time for us to listen. It is time for America to examine our tragic failures – and as we do, we will also see some of our redeeming strengths.”

He… noted it was time for him to listen…

“It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country. It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society? The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or how it becomes a better place.”

You read that right! A member of the Bush family acknowledged the existence of systemic racism! As a negative! He continued:

“America’s greatest challenge has long been to unite people of very different backgrounds into a single nation of justice and opportunity. The doctrine and habits of racial superiority, which once nearly split our country, still threaten our Union. The answers to American problems are found by living up to American ideals — to the fundamental truth that all human beings are created equal and endowed by God with certain rights. We have often underestimated how radical that quest really is, and how our cherished principles challenge systems of intended or assumed injustice. The heroes of America — from Frederick Douglass, to Harriet Tubman, to Abraham Lincoln, to Martin Luther King, Jr. — are heroes of unity. Their calling has never been for the fainthearted. They often revealed the nation’s disturbing bigotry and exploitation — stains on our character sometimes difficult for the American majority to examine. We can only see the reality of America’s need by seeing it through the eyes of the threatened, oppressed, and disenfranchised.”

Sorry, but can you even imagine Donald Trump trying to read this off a teleprompter??

“That is exactly where we now stand. Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason. Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions. We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress. But we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.”

W concluded:

“This will require a consistent, courageous, and creative effort. We serve our neighbors best when we try to understand their experience. We love our neighbors as ourselves when we treat them as equals, in both protection and compassion. There is a better way — the way of empathy, and shared commitment, and bold action, and a peace rooted in justice. I am confident that together, Americans will choose the better way.”

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EastEnders blunder shows wrong date on Ben’s phone as episode was meant to be shown over a MONTH ago – The Sun

EAGLE-eyed EastEnders fans spotted an epic blunder as they tuned into Monday night's episode, which focused heavily on Ben Mitchell.

The glossy special saw all action filmed from the perspective of the wayward lad, who drunkenly blundered into dad Phil's criminal scheme with tough-nut Danny Hardcastle.

As the BBC soap turned into a small-screen gangster movie, Ben was left totally deaf from a gun blast – but that wasn't the only thing shocking about Monday's segment.

As well as Ben being injured, he also appeared to have gone back in time – if the date on his mobile phone was anything to go by.

Earlier on in the episode, Ben was seen having an alcoholic drink and when he glanced at his smart phone, the camera panned to a close up of the screen.

Above a message from his boyfriend from Callum Highway, which read: "When you home?", the date said Thursday 23 April – despite the episode being aired on June 1.

Of course, soaps are filmed a few weeks in advance but the dates being over a month out are due to the fact that episodes have been held back.

BBC bosses were forced to decrease the amount of EastEnders episodes shown per week due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Filming was suspended in March as the UK government announced lockdown, but it is hoping to resume by the end of June.

This week, controller of BBC drama commissioning Piers Wenger revealed how coronavirus will feature in EastEnders once filming resumes.

Speaking to Radio Times about the soap resuming production, Piers said: "Some soaps in other countries have carried on filming during social distancing – cheating the camera angles or editing together actors filmed separately. So there are ways round it."

He continued: "EastEnders is set in a version of the here-and-now, so it won’t be a Covid-free Walford – there will be social distancing and so on – but we may not dwell on the virus and make it the heart of the story. I’m unsure about that.

"I think people watch a show like EastEnders for the characters and their relationships. So, Covid-19 will be there, but it won’t be the only thing happening in Albert Square."

However, the London-based soap is due to go off air in just two weeks' time as the cast still haven't returned to filming.

While Emmerdale has already resumed production, and Coronation Street is set to next week, EastEnders stars still don't know when they will return to set.

The Sun Online previously revealed that the BBC One soap will run out of episodes this month, and an insider has now confirmed that the end date is sooner than fans may have hoped.

The source explained: "It's due to go off air on 16 June. Talks about when the cast are returning to set are ongoing."

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All shops could still reopen in 12 days time even if coronavirus alert state is not lowered – The Sun

ALL shops could still reopen in 12 days time even if the coronavirus alert state is not lowered, No10 has insisted.

Downing Street revealed the PM’s determination to press on with his roadmap to unlock Britain.

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It came as it emerged the nation’s four chief medical officers have now wrestled control of setting the new Covid-19 alert rate.

Tension is mounting between ministers and government scientists after some warned Boris Johnson is unlocking too fast.

The four top medics for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are still refusing to move the alert status done from 4 to 3 – which was previously a condition for lockdown restrictions to ease.

Boris stated in his original plan that the newly formed Joint Biosecurity Centre would decide which of the five levels the country was at.

But the PM’s spokesman confirmed: "In terms of the setting of the alert level, it is ultimately for the chief medical officers, informed by data collated and analysed by the JBC.

“The JBC’s function is to provide analysis and advice.”

The spokesman also insisted that the decision on reopening all non-essential retail is “not dependent” on the alert state descending down to level 3.

Under the PM's roadmap timetable, they will be given the green light to open their doors again on June 15.

Critics also pointed out that the average number of daily deaths has now stropped falling and is instead flatlining at the 300 mark.

After the usual weekend reporting lull, the death toll was back up to 324.

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Quarantine ‘scrapped and replaced with air bridges in weeks’ as PM to keep holiday hopes alive for lockdown-weary Brits – The Sun

QUARANTINE rules look set to be ditched as Boris Johnson wants to keep summer holiday hopes alive amid the easing of lockdown.

The PM has reportedly told ministers to work on solutions to keep international travel open for lockdown-weary Brits.

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It comes as Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to reveal today that countries with strict anti-coronavirus measures are likely to be handed "air bridges" in the future.

She will also reveal details of the upcoming quarantine plan – with some aspects expected to be watered down.

Air bridges are links between Britain and some countries with low infection rates – with hopes they could be in place by the end of June.

The 14-day isolation for everyone arriving in the UK is already locked in and will be introduced on Monday.

It could mean that Brits wanting to go away this summer would have to take an additional two weeks off work for their hols.

Tourist bosses and business chiefs have warned current plans could devastate their industries and lead to mass unemployment.

The PM is pushing for air bridges to allow Brits to go aboard and foreign tourists to come here, reports the Daily Mail.

A Downing Street source said: "We will be guided by the science, but the PM does not want to be standing in the way of people's holidays unnecessarily."

Ministers are reportedly also weighing up plans to test travelers for coronavirus upon their arrival in the UK.

Quarantine will be reviewed on June 29 to see if infection rates are low enough so measures can be relaxed to allow the "air bridges" to be set up.

However, Ms Patel has warned "we will all suffer if we get this wrong" as she said the UK "owes it to the victims of Covid-19" to impose a quarantine.

Writing in the Telegraph, the Home Secretary argues that tourism will be back quicker if tougher steps are taken against the virus.

She does raise the possibility of air bridges – but stopped short of putting on a hard date – in the article jointly penned with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Ms Patel said: "Let’s not throw away our progress in tackling this deadly virus. We owe it to the thousands who have died."

She added: "We must keep the country safe from potentially infected passengers unknowingly spreading the virus to others in society and ensure that the public’s health always comes first."

Home Office officials are reportedly not sure whether the air bridges plan will be ready by the end of June despite pressure from ministers.

Ministers are reportedly divided over the issue – unsure about risking further damage to the economy post-lockdown.


Rules for the new quarantine will see all arrivals – aside few a few exceptions – required to complete an online form when they arrive in the UK.

They will have to turn over their contact details and the address where they will required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Public Health England will then make random spot-checks on people to make sure they are obeying the quarantine.

Anyone who fails to comply with measures risks prosecution and a potentially unlimited fine.

Foreign nationals could also be deported if they refuse to abide by the quarantine, and Border Force may be able to turn people away on arrival.

Failure to complete the online form when you arrive in the UK is also subject to a £100 fine.

It is feared thousands of travelers infected with coronavirus entered the UK in the early days of the pandemic, streaming in from hotspots such as Italy and China.

Public health experts have warned the idea of an air bridge may be impossible for the UK this summer as concerns loom it is not safe.

Gary McLean, a professor in molecular immunology at London Metropolitan University, told the Guardian the Government making a U-turn will impact how people obey the rules.

He said: "This is yet another initiative that is going to be open to interpretation, open to abuse, and the government is back-pedalling over pressure internally within the Tory party, within business,  and it seems to be a political decision, not a health decision."

European countries Brits could soon jet to for a holiday

  • France is opening the borders for Brits from June 15
  • Greece announced British tourists could also travel there from June 15
  • Italy is set to welcome UK travellers from tomorrow (June 3)
  • Portugal has announced they want tourists back from June 6
  • And Spain will be a destination many Brits are keen to get back to, but at the minute it is unclear when they would be allowed into the country

David Hunter, professor of epidemiology at Oxford University, said the "dynamic" situation with the pandemic also makes the air bridges hard to manage.

He said: "If the countries agree and the rules are clear and the contingencies are clear, then at least people know what they could be in for, whereas if it’s all vague then it’s a bigger risk.”

The professor added: "Air bridges between countries with similar Covid risks make sense, if it’s in the interests of both countries.

"When it’s asymmetric, it’s not obvious how that would work."


Health Secretary Matt Hancock has already said the government is considering relaxing the border rules before they have even come into force.

During the No.10 briefing, Mr Hancock said he was growing "more optimistic" about the return of summer holidays.

However, he added: "Clearly the number one priority is keeping the public safe.”

During the press conference Mr Shapps also assured measures will be reviewed "every few weeks" to see if Britain can open up to tourists.

He said: "We are working to see how we can introduce agreements with other countries when safe to do so, so we can go abroad and tourists can come here.”

It comes as 300 business chiefs urged the government to ditch the "unworkable, ill-thought out" quarantine plan.

George Morgan-Grenville, the chief executive of Red Savannah, who is leading the campaign, said: "The findings are catastrophic for the UK economy and for the travel and hospitality sector.

"By pursuing its quarantine plans without due regard for the economic consequences, the Government is choosing to ignore the devastation it will cause to companies, to employment and to the lives of all those whose jobs will be lost.

"The quarantine measures are a blunt weapon which will bring only economic disaster."

Some European nations – such as Italy and Spain – are already planning to open up their borders in the coming months.

Portugal has said it was ready to welcome back Brits within days because it reportedly believes the UK has coronavirus "under control".

France will also open up the border to Brits from June 15, while Italy is keen to kickstart the tourism there – now allowing travelers in.

Meanwhile Greece’s tourism minister Harry Theocharis told the Daily Mail the epidemic was moving “in the right direction” in the UK and coronavirus restrictions for Britons would be lifted from June 15.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “Our priority will always be to protect the public’s health and these new measures are being introduced to do exactly this.

"This quarantine system is designed to keep the transmission rate down, stop new cases being brought in from abroad and help prevent a devastating second wave of coronavirus. All of our decisions have been based on the latest scientific evidence.

“We are supporting businesses in the tourism sector through one of the most generous economic packages provided anywhere in the world and we will continue to look at options to increase international travel, when it is safe to do so, as we move forward.”


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