Newspaper headlines: Royal couple 'separate' and £5bn for local buses

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Image caption Peter Phillips, the eldest grandson of the Queen, married Canadian Autumn Kelly at St. George's Chapel in Windsor in 2008

The expected announcement that the government will give the go-ahead to HS2 - and pledge £5bn to overhaul local transport links - is widely reported.

The Guardian describes the cash injection as a bid to "fend off" a "revolt" about the decision to press ahead with the high speed railway, while the Times sees it as an attempt to deliver "an immediate boost" for new Tory voters.

The Daily Express welcomes what it calls the "massive expansion" of the bus network - pointing out that the services are "cheap, popular among the elderly, and a win for rural areas".

After noting that one of the prime minister's advantages is that his name alliterates so readily, it urges readers to "get on board with the Boris buses".

The main news for the Sun is that the Queen has been "hit by a split" after learning that the marriage of her "favourite" grandson has broken down.

Princess Anne's son, Peter Phillips, is said to be "devastated" after his wife of 12 years, Autumn, told him she wanted to separate.

The paper claims there are fears that Mrs Phillips might want to start a new life in her native Canada - "just like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex".

'Shock decision'

It says "close pals" are suggesting that the departure of Harry and Meghan "could have sown the seeds of an Autumn exit, and hastened her shock decision".

A number of front pages feature the latest developments on the coronavirus outbreak, including the Daily Telegraph, which highlights what it calls the "unprecedented" powers handed to police to force those at risk of the illness into quarantine.

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Image caption A GP practice in Brighton has been temporarily closed after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus

The Sun claims a scout leader is suspected of being the so-called "super-spreader" of the virus -- who's thought to have infected eleven other Britons during a skiing holiday in the Alps.

According to the Daily Mail, Britain is facing a "major outbreak" after the number of confirmed cases in the UK rose to eight, including two GPs. The paper's headline asks "How many more are infected?"

The front page of the Daily Mirror features a photograph of flooded homes in West Yorkshire, after the River Calder burst its banks during Storm Ciara.

The paper says families in the north of England are "fuming" at the failure of the Conservatives to stop their homes from being flooding for the third time since 2012.

Similar complaints are highlighted by the Guardian, which says people living in the Calder Valley are angry that a local flood prevention scheme was not finished before the storm hit.

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Several papers highlight the case of a police driving instructor who was cleared of 16 offences on Monday, after being caught speeding at up to 122mph as he travelled to a meeting at his son's college in Norwich.

The Sun says PC Paul Brown jumped four sets of red lights, approached roundabouts on the wrong side of the road and did 101mph in a 30mph-zone, as he drove an unmarked car with blue lights flashing.

The Express says magistrates believed PC Brown's claim that he had been "self-assessing" his driving as part of his job.

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There is much interest in Sunday night's Oscars, after the awards ceremony came too late for Monday's print editions.

The Daily Mirror hails the Best Picture winner, Parasite, as "the best thing to come out of South Korea since Gangnam Style", while the Times suggests: "It marks an important milestone for a country that's struggled to win international respect for its remarkable achievements."

Finally, the Times reports that residents of a Derbyshire market town ranked one of the best places to live in the UK have been criticised by police "for failing to report drug crimes out of fear that it could lower house prices".

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Image caption Some residents in the town of Melbourne have been compared to snobbish social climber Hyacinth Bucket, played by Patricia Routledge

The average home in Melbourne sells for more than £300,000 and the paper says a public meeting held last week heard claims that homeowners had avoided reporting offences "for a number of years".

The Daily Mail quotes one resident as saying "Melbourne is lovely but it does have its share of Hyacinth Bucket types" - referring to the snobbish social climber from the BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances.