Boris Johnson refused to go to Prince Philip’s funeral

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to go to the funeral of Prince Philip. This is reported by the Sky News channel, citing a statement from a Downing Street representative.

Due to restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus, only 30 people can attend the funeral. Johnson, in turn, wants to act entirely in accordance with what is best for the royal family. “Therefore, he will not attend the funeral on Saturday, so that as many family members as possible can do so,” the statement said.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funeral of the husband of the British Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, can be held without mass events. It was noted that the funeral will not be able to attend all members of the royal family. In addition, due to coronavirus restrictions, the funeral is unlikely to be attended by royals from other countries and the heads of the Commonwealth of Nations (states that were formerly part of the British Empire).

Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99, two months short of his centenary.

World leaders express condolences over Prince Philip’s death

On Friday, April 9, 99-year-old Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, died in the UK. On the pages of world leaders in social networks, words of condolences to the Queen and her family appeared.

World reaction

“I am with the British people and the royal family in thinking of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He had a distinguished career in the army and was at the forefront of many community initiatives. May his soul rest in peace, “ Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote.

The impact of his decades of dedicated public service is evident in the worthy causes he supported as a patron, the environmental efforts he championed, the military personnel he supported, the young people he inspired, and much more. His legacy will live on not only through his family, but in all the charitable endeavors he has shaped, “ said US President Joe Biden.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the prince “will be remembered as a decorated naval officer, a dedicated philanthropist and a constant in the life of Queen Elizabeth II.”

Otherworld leaders did not stand aside and also expressed their condolences to the royal family.

How did the UK react

All the official accounts of Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, and Clarence House have changed their main photos as a sign of mourning for Prince Philip. Instead of smiling avatars, there are now official coats of arms.

On the official website of Buckingham Palace on the main page published a photo of the deceased on a black background.

“It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty the Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The royal family joins people from all over the world in mourning his loss, “ the caption reads.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and the Dukes of Cambridge shared a black-and-white photo of Prince Philip on their official pages, and the caption to the photo repeats the statement of Buckingham Palace.

The words of sympathy were published by the head of the British government, Boris Johnson, he writes that Prince Philip lived a very interesting and rich life.

“By any measure, Prince Philip has lived an extraordinary life as a naval hero of the Second World War, as a man who inspired countless young people with the Duke of Edinburgh Award, but above all Her Royal Majesty. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty and her family, who have lost not just a much loved and respected person, but above all, a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. The United Kingdom mourns his loss, but is proud of his contribution to the service of the country, “ the Prime Minister wrote.

“Today, we mourn the loss of an outstanding man who dedicated his life to public service and helping others. I extend my deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the entire royal family on this occasion. Sad time, “ London Mayor Sadiq Khan posted on the social network.

“I join the rest of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in mourning the loss of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,” the Archbishop of Canterbury wrote.

“I am saddened to hear of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh. I extend my personal and deepest condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family,” Scottish Leader Nicola Sturgeon wrote.

“It must be quite difficult for a male spouse. He must be a lifelong monarch or head of state. But throughout his life, Prince Philip provided this strength, this support, this reliable support and played an extremely important role, “ said former Prime Minister Theresa May.

Prince Harry can fly to the UK to be with his family. Meghan Markle may stay in the US and miss the farewell ceremony due to her second pregnancy.

“Harry will do everything possible to return to the UK and stay with his family. He doesn’t need anything more than to be close to his family, and especially his grandmother, at this terrible time,” a source close to the family said.

Recall that after 90 years, Philip’s health began to deteriorate. In 2017, he stopped performing public duties, although he still accompanied Elizabeth II. In February 2021, Prince Philip was hospitalized. He underwent heart surgery and returned home in March. A month later, on April 9, he died. He will be remembered as a man of strong character and principled position, as well as someone who became truly reliable support for the Queen of Great Britain.

UK quarantines are planning loosened

In the UK, which will soon begin testing COVID passports, authorities are planning to ease quarantine restrictions from April 12.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said this during a briefing broadcast by Sky News.

“Today I can confirm that from Monday, April 12, we will move on to the second part of our plan (to ease the quarantine) … We do not see anything in the current data that could force us to move away from the current plan,” he said.

Thus, the following establishments will be working again in the country in the near future:

— the shops;
— sports clubs;
— zoos;
— campgrounds;
— hairdressing salons;
— beer halls;
— other places served outdoors.

From mid-May, Johnson said the UK could lift the ban on international travel.

“We hope that we can do this from May 17, but we would not like to become hostages of fortune and underestimate the difficulties faced by other countries that the British would like to visit,” he said.

Earlier it was reported that Britain set a record for vaccinations: more than 660 thousand people per day.

In England, protests and riots against the police law again

In Bristol, England, on the evening of March 26, a protest against the bill to expand the powers of the police gathered again. The action began peacefully, but late in the evening escalated into clashes.

It is reported by Sky News.

The project, against which the people are protesting, will give the police in England and Wales more authority to set the conditions for peaceful protests, including if they are deemed too loud or harmful for any other reason.

About a thousand people went to the rally with the slogan “Kill the Bill” in the city center in the afternoon. People shouted” Justice for Sarah “(Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped on the street and killed in early March, the suspect is a London police officer) AND” Who are you protecting. ” Some turned on the music and danced.

Before the start of the protest, the police urged not to go to it, citing the risk of the spread of coronavirus.

Around 10 pm, when the police ordered the people to disperse, clashes broke out.

Daily Mirror journalist Matthew Dresch complained that force was used against him, despite the fact that he covered the protest as a reporter and did not pose any threat to law enforcement.

During the evening, 10 people were detained, of which three were detained for their actions during the riots last Sunday, March 21.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the violent protesters the next day.

“Our police should not be bombarded with stones, bottles, and fireworks from the crowd, inclined to violence and pogroms. The police and the city have my full support,” he said.

Let us remind you that the first action took place in the afternoon of March 21. At first, the protest was peaceful but later escalated into riots, during which two police cars were burned and windows in the police station were broken. As a result of the clashes, more than 20 law enforcement officers were injured, two of them were serious, and seven protesters were detained.

At the next meeting on the evening of March 23, there were no violent clashes, but 14 people were detained.

Germany tightens border controls, France in “high-risk zone”

Germany has declared France a high-risk zone and is stepping up border checks, and EU leaders have decided not to block the export of vaccines, so as not to break the world’s production and supply chains.

Germany steps up border checks and fears the third wave

Germany on Friday declared all of France a high-risk zone.

Passengers traveling from France to Germany will need to present a negative test for coronavirus. At airports, it will be asked to show when boarding a plane, and random checks will be more intensively carried out on the roads.

Quarantine on arrival is desirable, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian explained to his fellow citizens in an interview with the national radio station.

In both countries, the situation with the increase in new cases is of serious concern to the authorities.

In Germany, the number of cases per day exceeds 20 thousand, and the authorities say that the third wave can be more disastrous for the country than the first and second. The Robert Koch Institute has warned that without tougher quarantine measures, Germany could face up to 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day.

In France, 19 regions are under strict quarantine. More than 4,700 coronavirus patients are now in intensive care. In Paris and its environs, the situation is most alarming — 600 cases of covid are registered there per 100 thousand people.

On average, in France last week, this figure was 200 cases per 100 thousand people, in Germany-119 cases per 100 thousand people.

Britain may also put France on its “red list” in the near future. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned about this on Friday.

This means that only those with a British or Irish passport will be allowed to enter from France to Britain, and passengers will have to self-isolate themselves in an airport hotel for 10 days at their own expense.

Currently, coronavirus statistics in Britain are at their lowest level since the beginning of autumn due to the closing lockdown and fast-moving vaccination. But authorities are wary of new strains of the coronavirus, against which current vaccines may be helpless.