Newspaper headlines: 'Brothers apart' amid Queen's 'final tribute'

By BBC News

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image captionAs the hearse makes its journey to St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, the Queen will pause for a moment of reflection, the papers say

The front pages of most papers carry reports about the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral arrangements on Saturday with pictures of his grieving family members.

"Brothers at arms length" is the headline in the Sun, saying the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex will be kept twelve feet apart as they walk behind Prince Philip's coffin.

"United in grief but so apart" is how Metro puts it, with pictures of the two princes.

The Daily Mail has an image on its front page of the Prince of Wales inspecting the floral tributes to his father with the caption: "Agony of Charles, a picture of grief"

The Daily Mirror and the Daily Express say the Queen will pause for a moment of reflection by the hearse carrying Prince Philip's body.

The Daily Telegraph says the duke himself meticulously planned his final journey over 18 years, including the custom-built Land Rover Defender that will carry his coffin. The paper says he requested it to be repainted in military greens to reflect his association with the armed forces.

The Times reports that the Queen faced some tough decisions to cut the number of guests from 800 to 30 because of the Covid-19 rules, but adds that she tried to represent all branches of the duke's family.

Away from the duke, the Guardian says senior government officials have raised "urgent" concerns about the accuracy of the mass coronavirus tests. According to the paper, the officials are worried that the rapid tests may be only 2% to 10% accurate in places with low Covid rates, such as London.

The Financial Times has a story about Boris Johnson's visit to India later this month to boost trade ties. The paper says Mr Johnson will urge his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, to cut import tariffs on British whisky and cars as part of plans to agree an interim trade deal in under a year.

According to a document seen by the paper, the prime minister will announce a target to more than double trade with India to £50bn by 2030.

President Biden's decision to pull out all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11 continues to be analysed in papers and websites. Politico says the decision has triggered unease among Nato countries.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, the former chairman of the Cobra Intelligence Group, Richard Kemp, calls the withdrawal a betrayal of Afghanistan and a surrender to Iran. But in the opinion of the Guardian, the US president's announcement exposes some of the limits of 21st century American power.

There are renewed calls on the government to increase funding for eating disorder services following a sharp spike in cases over lockdown, according to PoliticsHome.

The website says the calls by MPs and campaigners follow the death of the TV personality Nikki Grahame, who rose to fame as a contestant on Big Brother in 2006. She's reported to have died after many years of living with anorexia.

The Financial Times has hailed Goldman Sachs' decision to open a technology base in Birmingham which it says will create hundreds of jobs.

The paper says the decision means that professional life, even for companies like the US banking giant, "need not ape its pre-pandemic form".

It also welcomes the move in the interest of diversification from London and says that similar moves across the country should also be encouraged by the government.

The Times has learnt that Myanmar's ousted ambassador to the UK will be offered asylum if he formally requests it.

The paper says Kyaw Zwar Minn is expected to make a statement on his future today. He was ordered to leave after Myanmar's military attaché locked him out of the office.

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image captionCould Prof Chris Whitty swap his charts for the cha-cha-cha? The Sun says Strictly Come Dancing insiders hope so

Several papers carry a report on a new research on obesity by the British Heart Foundation which says the number of people from the condition has nearly doubled since the 1990s.

The Daily Express says nearly 31,000 people are dying from obesity-triggered strokes and heart attacks every year, leading to renewed calls for ministers to curb junk food advertising.

The paper claims a programme insider has said that Prof Witty is "top of the list and that discreet enquires will be made over the next few weeks".