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Prince Charles ‘will only wear a mask when government advice tells him he must’

Prince Charles has no plans to wear a mask unless the government rules insist he does, a royal source has reportedly said.

The Prince of Wales is likely to throw his face mask away for a fundraising event at Exeter Cathedral on Sunday, in tune with the government’s Freedom Day.

Similarly, this is the first event on his agenda that has been announced to the public in advance for several months, with the aim to avoid crowds during the pandemic.

A Daily Mail royal insider said: “This will be the first time in 18 months that we are seeing a return to normality. We’ll be looking forwards, not backwards.

“This is the first time the prince has been to a location inside and won’t be wearing a mask because it’s a large area where people will be social distancing and it will be the first day of the new rules.

“When the rules state that a mask should be worn, then the Prince will wear one but not otherwise.”

The prince is reportedly only going to wear a mask when the government's rules dictate that he must
The prince is reportedly only going to wear a mask when the government’s rules dictate that he must

The Duchess of Cornwall is also thought to be glad about Freedom Day.

At a visit to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, she told a student she “can’t wait to get rid of this (mask).”

The government has made July 19 the day when social distancing rules and mask wearing will no longer be required..

While initially put forward as a complete new start with the country having to learn to live with Covid, the government appears to have since taken a more cautious tone and reinforced it will impose a new lockdown if the third wave demands it.

Concern is growing over the rising infection rate, especially the Delta variant, with Covid cases having risen by 71 percent since last Saturday.

It comes also as the Health Secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for Covid on Saturday having had his two jabs.

The government is now trying to work out who has been in close contact with him and it could lead to several leading figures having to self-isolate.

On Friday Javid was seen leaving Downing Street which could even include the Boris Johnson in the list of those needing to isolate.

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Can you fly to Spain now? Latest travel advice for British tourists

Travel from the UK has stuttered into life recently, with Brits allowed to go on holiday abroad once more. People ditched staycations for sunnier shores, with destinations including Portugal, Australia and the West Indes. But many countries remain off-limits for the time being, including several hotspots treasured by UK tourists.

Can you fly to Spain now?

Spain, with its sun-soaked shores and proximity to the UK, is a favoured destination for tens of millions of Brits every year.

Sadly, however, mainland Spain has sat on the Government’s amber list since its inception.

People can travel to countries on the list, but they will face resistance from UK or local rules.

READ MORE: Green list travel: Is a round-trip to Madeira worth the hassle?

Travellers visiting countries on the amber list must quarantine when they return and take two Covid tests during their ten-day stay.

Spanish authorities will also ask people to supply proof of vaccination or a negative test on arrival.

People may face more restrictions if they came from a “risk country”, or depending on their mode of travel, and passengers must complete a pre-travel declaration form.

The Canary Islands are also currently included on the Government’s amber list.

Ministers place countries on the watchlist when cases rise in a locality enough to warrant consideration for moving it to the “amber” list.

Cases have risen in the islands to nearly ten times what they were in June.

From mid to late June, the seven-day case rate went from 22 to 24 per day, and from June 29 to July 9, the rate increased exponentially from 62 to 205.

The Balearics could move to the list without warning, although its new status wouldn’t settle for some time after an announcement.

News: ABTA welcomes changes to FCDO advice

ABTA has welcomed the news that the Foreign Development & Commonwealth Office (FCDO) has removed its advice against all but essential travel to several popular holiday destinations.

These include Spain, Greece, France, Morocco and Jamaica, with the changes applied with immediate effect.

The destination, however, remain on the amber list for UK travellers, meaning visitors will have to quarantine when they return.

However, from July 19th, this restriction will be removed from double vaccinated, UK citizens returning to England.

Spain is British holidaymakers’ most popular destination, attracting over 18 million UK travellers each year, followed by France, with Greece a regular feature in the top five most visited destinations.


These holiday hotspots were among 21 countries to have the advice against all but essential travel lifted, other countries include Switzerland, Slovakia, Luxembourg, Ukraine and Nigeria.

Graeme Buck, director of communications at ABTA, said: “There is huge pent-up demand for overseas holidays after so many months of travel restrictions, so many people will be very excited to be able to finally take a well-deserved break to favourite destinations like Spain, Greece and France.”

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Carol Kirkwood on advice from Bill Turnbull that made her ‘feel sick’ – ‘Just didn’t work’

Carol Kirkwood, 58, revealed she was left “feeling sick” after she tried out some advice given to her by former BBC Breakfast colleague Bill Turnbull. And it’s safe to say she never acted on that piece of guidance again.

It comes after the weather presenter appeared on co-star Louise Minchin and Annie Emmerson’s Her Spirit Podcast, where she discussed waking up in the middle of the night to prepare for the working day.

Having to awaken before three in the morning, it’s a wonder to many how Carol can still function daily.

And even she admitted it’s something she’s never got used to, despite her many years as a meteorologist delivering the early morning weather news.

It promoted her to think of some advice she was given by Bill, who thought he’d try and help her out a little in order to combat feeling sleepy at work.

READ MORE: BBC Weather: Carol Kirkwood warns of ‘biblical’ heavy showers

“I remember Bill Turnbull telling me, ‘You should have a snooze when you get in,’ like a power snooze!” she recalled.

“And I tried doing that but it made me feel sick!

“When I got up, I was then worried I wouldn’t sleep in the evening, which was exactly what happened.”

She sighed, adding: “It just didn’t work.”

And while the upsides of working early may be plentiful, there are some downsides too.

“The only thing is, you feel like you’re missing out in the evening socially,” Carol said, as she told hosts Louise and Annie that she aims to be in bed by 8pm.

“When you hear everybody else having a nice time, going to the pub by the river or something, you’re like, ‘I’d like to do that!’

“But you can’t have it always,” she shrugged.

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Piers Morgan issues stark advice to Love Island 'dimwits'

Piers Morgan has slammed ITV bosses as they announced a new aftercare package for series seven contestants of Love Island.

The controversial television presenter said to prospective contestants in the 2021 series: “If you can’t stand the heat, don’t go into the kitchen”.

ITV confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the brand new series of the show will launch on June 28.

Whilst fans cannot wait for the show to return, the show has come under fire for its duty of care.

Read more: Love Island 2021 lineup rumours from former WAG to boxer’s son.

It comes after the tragic loss of contestants from different series, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, who tragically took their own lives.

Longstanding Love Island presenter and nation’s sweetheart Caroline Flack also died in in February 2020 after taking her own life.

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Producers have now introduced duty of care protocols for each contestant entering the villa to protect their mental health.

But former Good Morning Britain anchor Piers Morgan has hit back at the decision, insisting that it is the contestant’s choice to go in the villa and they should understand the effects of that.

In another rant on Twitter, he said: “My advice would be much simpler to any prospective Love Island contestants: if you can’t stand the heat, don’t go into the kitchen.

“Nobody’s forcing these people to go on TV and cavort around in no clothes having sex with like-minded dimwits.”

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And his bold statement seemed to generate a lot of agreement.

One user said: “My advice would be not to do this programme at all. It’s all just sensationalism and 15 mins of fame… b***** the mental health of these young things as long as the viewing figures are high!”

Another added: “It’s appalling that this show has been allowed to be back on TV. Three people who were involved with the show have committed suicide. ITV and anyone affiliated with it are just interested in profiteering.”

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Another said: “Love island used to be like that. Now it’s just a vehicle for them to stand around looking pretty and boost their Instagram followers.”

One individual disagreeing with Piers said: “They as a show have a lot of experience with people associated with the show committing suicide.

“I think they don’t want that to happen again so they are putting measures in place to stop that happening.”

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Is your skin lump serious? Dr Sara issues the four warning signs that prompt GP advice

It is easy to get concerned when the body undergoes changes and lumps and bumps are a common source of anxiety. Speaking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning, Dr Sara issued some essential advice. The most important consideration is “what is your normal”, she said.

How to tell if your lump is cancerous

According to Bupa, the first sign of testicular cancer is a swollen testicle or a hard lump on your testicle.

“Usually, you won’t have a painful testicle but you might feel pain or discomfort in your scrotum,” explains the health body.

There are additional symptoms that can signal testicular cancer too.

Other testicular cancer symptoms include:

  • A pulling sensation or heavy feeling in your scrotum
  • A testicle that looks bigger than usual
  • A dull ache in your lower tummy
  • A collection of fluid in your scrotum (called a hydrocoele).

How to tell your lump is a sign of breast cancer

“The first symptom of breast cancer most people notice is a lump in their breast or some thickening,” explains Cancer Research UK.

A lump or swelling in your armpit is also telltale sign of breast cancer, warns the charity.

“A less common cause of swollen lymph glands or lump in the armpit is breast cancer that has spread to this area,” explains the health body.

“It is important to always get a breast lump checked by your doctor.”

A more benign cause of lumps is a skin cyst, noted Dr Sara.

A skin cyst is a fluid-filled lump just underneath the skin.

“It’s common and harmless, and may disappear without treatment,” explains the NHS.

Lumps can also be a sign of an abscess – a painful collection of pus, usually caused by a bacterial infection, explained Dr Sara.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed
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Pound to euro exchange rate: ‘Extremely sluggish’ start to the week – travel money advice

The pound to euro has been trading in a tight range in recent weeks. With Boris Johnson announcing yesterday that the final stage of lockdown will be pushed back by a month, should you swap your travel money now?

He said: “Markets were, yet again, moribund yesterday, with the week getting off to an extremely sluggish start. 

“There is, sadly, little on the docket that suggests today will be any different, with this morning’s UK labour market data likely to be ignored, and GBPEUR happy to do little more than tread water around €1.16.”

Yesterday was similar news when the pound continued to trade around the same mark.

At the time, Michael explained: “Sterling-euro continues to trade in a tight range just north of the €1.16 handle, with the market continuing to lack impetus to make a decisive move in either direction – broadly mirroring the broader G10 market, in fact.

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“With a quiet data docket in store today, the market is likely to do little more than mark time once more.”

George Vessey, UK Currency Strategist, Western Union Business Solutions, also explained that the delay to the full lifting of restrictions is a drag on the pound’s value.

He explained yesterday: “On the data front this week, jobs numbers are due out first thing Tuesday morning, and should show more signs of improvement.

“Inflation data drops in on Wednesday morning and retail sales wraps up the week on Friday morning.

“Against the euro, sterling has risen for five weeks on the bounce and lingers just under the €1.17 handle. Strong UK data this week could be enough to trigger a breakout north of this current resistance level.”

At the end of last week, the euro suffered a wave of “selling pressure” as traders “digested the dovish European Central Bank (ECB) meeting and favoured the cheap US dollar ahead of the Fed’s meeting”.

The expert added: “Amidst a lack of top-tier European data this week, investors will be focusing on the Fed’s rhetoric and how it compares to the ECB last week.

“The expectation is most major central banks will remain on hold from tightening monetary policy despite inflation worries, but a shift in policy stance could soon upend the calmness of financial markets at present.”

What does this mean for travel money?

With the current news that Boris Johnson is pushing back the date for lifting restrictions due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant, holidaymakers are once again faced with uncertainty about travel.

James Lynn, CEO and co-founder of Currensea explained that those heading on holiday should only swap their money once they are certain that plans are going ahead.

Ian Strafford-Taylor, CEO at travel money specialist FairFX said: “Yesterday’s confirmation of a delay to the so-called ‘Freedom Day’ didn’t come as a shock to many, and it seems the pound is weathering the storm too, with almost no movement against the euro compared to this time yesterday.

“Brits are yet to see how this delay to restrictions at home will affect their chances of an overseas summer holiday. However fresh speculation that foreign travel is unlikely to reopen to popular European destinations before August won’t do much to ease people’s minds. This comes as major airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and easyJet have started cancelling flights set to take off before July 19.

“Although it’s yet to be confirmed, this news will be a big blow for holidaymakers who have their hopes pinned on a summer break after so many months in lockdown.”

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

Spain: Testing rules tighten for visits to the Canary and Balearic Islands – FCDO advice

Some travel restrictions are in place for international transit through Spanish airports by passengers on flights departing from the UK.

The FCDO explains: “If you are transiting Spain by air from the UK you are not subject to testing requirements, however, you are required to complete and sign an online Health Control Form no more than 48 hours prior to travel declaring any known history of exposure to COVID-19 and giving contact details.”

Spain’s archipelagos were recent left devastated after they did not make it onto the green list at the most recent review.

Both the Canary and Balearic Islands had been predicted by experts as potentials for quarantine travel due to their Covid figures, however the Uk Government decided to make no new additions to the list.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed