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Elton John walks hands with son after wheelchair pics worry fans

Elton John is still standing as he was pictured walking unaided, days after he was spotted in a wheelchair after hip surgery last year. (Author: Gardener)

Elton JohnElton John is still standing when he walked unaided after hip surgery last year. The 75-year-old icon worried fans this week when he was pictured in a wheelchair, sparking some speculation about his health. He explained: "It was an extremely long walk to get to the plane, so my team kindly laid themselves down on a wheelchair so I could rest my hip after the show. While fans' concerns may have been allayed by Sir Elton himself, who confirmed he is in good health, new photos showing the singer walking unaided are an added reassurance. The star, who was visiting Cannes with his family, was spotted holding hands with his young son. He shares Zachary, 11, and nine-year-old Elijah with husband David Furnish, and the family enjoyed a break from touring as they explored sun-drenched Cannes. In the photos, Sir Elton and his son are dressed for the good weather, both wearing shorts and sunglasses, the singer in matching navy blue shorts and an anchor print shirt. The star was later seen helping into his yacht's dinghy after enjoying a lunch with longtime friend Bob Manoukian. But while he needed an extra hand to climb aboard, the Rocketman star looked in good health as he enjoyed quality time with his family. Sir Elton underwent hip surgery last year which resulted in his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour being postponed, but later insisted he would "barely leave" and return to the stage. On Saturday, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee, the star appeared at a taped performance that included a grand concert outside Buckingham Palace. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour finally concludes on July 8th in Stockholm, Sweden, after which Sir Elton will retire from live performances. MORE : Sir Elton John insists he is 'in excellent health' after being pictured in a wheelchair ahead of Queen's Platinum Jubilee performance MORE : Sir Elton John arrives at airport in a wheelchair ahead of jubilee performance and busy summer shows

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Elton John walks hands with son after wheelchair pics worry fans

The icon enjoyed a trip to Cannes with his family. (Author: Gardener)

Elton JohnSir Elton John was walking unaided after assuring fans he was in "perfect health" when pictures of him in a wheelchair surfaced (Image: Backgrid) The 75-year-old icon worried fans this week when he was pictured in a wheelchair, sparking some speculation about his health. He explained: "It was an extremely long walk to get to the plane, so my team kindly laid themselves down on a wheelchair so I could rest my hip after the show. While fans' concerns may have been allayed by Sir Elton himself, who confirmed he is in good health, new photos showing the singer walking unaided are an added reassurance. The star, who was visiting Cannes with his family, was spotted holding hands with his young son. Father and son walked hand in hand as they explored sun-kissed Cannes (Image: Backgrid) He shares Zachary, 11, and nine-year-old Elijah with husband David Furnish, and the family enjoyed a break from the tour as they explored sun-kissed Cannes. In the photos, Sir Elton and his son are dressed for the good weather, both wearing shorts and sunglasses, the singer in matching navy blue shorts and an anchor print shirt. The star was later seen helping into his yacht's dinghy after enjoying a lunch with longtime friend Bob Manoukian. But while he needed an extra hand to climb aboard, the Rocketman star looked in good health as he enjoyed quality time with his family. Sir Elton needed a hand to climb aboard a yacht but otherwise seemed in good spirits as he prepared for some big concerts in the UK (Image: Backgrid) but later insisted he was 'barely going' and would return to the stage. On Saturday, in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's platinum jubilee, the star appeared at a taped performance that included a grand concert outside Buckingham Palace. Later this summer, Sir Elton will return to the UK to headline British Summer Time in Hyde Park on June 24, with support from Rina Sawayama and Gabriels. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour finally concludes on July 8th in Stockholm, Sweden, after which Sir Elton will retire from live performances.

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Elton John's health update as he's in a wheelchair hours before the anniversary performance

Elton John, 75, revealed back in November that he was "in pain most of the time" after falling "awkwardly onto a hard surface" and injuring his hip last summer (Author: Gardener)

Elton John'sElton John looked frail as he arrived in a wheelchair at Leipzig Airport in Germany on Sunday after performing as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The 75-year-old singer revealed back in November that he was "in pain most of the time" after falling "awkwardly onto a hard surface" and injuring his hip last summer. Elton said he was unable to get in and out of a car or move sideways and was pictured being lifted into a wheelchair from his vehicle for his flight home to Nice last weekend. He said of his injury last year: "At the end of my summer break I fell clumsily onto a hard surface and have had significant pain and discomfort in my hip ever since. Elton John looked frail when he arrived at Leipzig Airport in Germany in a wheelchair The singer suffered from a painful hip injury after a bad fall last summer and it appears Elton is still suffering from mobility issues which prompted him to end his tour in the Postponing last October as he wasn't "100 per cent fit", he told Lorraine about not fully recovering late last year: "I wouldn't be 100 per cent fit - I wouldn't be 100 per cent confident because I am in pain most of the time. I don't know how long my hip would last after a year and a half of touring - probably not." Elton has been pictured in a wheelchair for the past few years. Elton said on Lorraine last year he's back in action, and in 2019 the music legend announced he was after confined to a wheelchair with an ankle sprain, and told fans at the time while visiting the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy: "Not even a sprained ankle could stop me from seeing one of the two most beautiful museums in the world." Elton has previously spoken about his hopes of slowing down to spend more time with his two sons, Elijah, 9, and Zachary, 11, and husband David Furnish. In 2018, Elton announced he was ready to say goodbye to touring as he'd had "fed" of it. The 75-year-old singer used a wheelchair when he sprained an ankle in 2019. Elton used a wheelchair for a day at Disneyland in 2015 with his sons and husband David Furnish, he said on This Morning, "I'm looking forward to saying goodbye. It's not a publicity stunt because I'm saying goodbye to touring, I've had enough." was also forced to cancel his show in Texas last January after testing positive for coronavirus.In 2017 the music legend had a horrifying encounter with death after contracting a "rare and potentially fatal" infection and on a Long-haul flight seriously ill - before heroic medics saved his life Two nights in intensive care and 12 days in hospital while battling the 'harmful he and "unusual" bacterial infection he contracted during his recent tour of South America. That same year, Elton was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Despite his health struggles, Elton shows no signs of slowing down over the next few months as not only will he be performing at Her Majesty's Jubilee but he will also continue touring in June.

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Frail-looking Elton John, 75, is pushed into a wheelchair

He recently took a break from his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour after struggling with multiple illnesses. (Author: Gardener)

Elton JohnHe recently took a break from his Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour after struggling with multiple illnesses. And Elton John, 75, appeared frail as he was pictured in a wheelchair ahead of his scheduled anniversary appearance. The singer was dressed in one of his signature Gucci tracksuits and a face mask when he arrived in a wheelchair at Leipzig Airport on Friday, before heading home to Nice after his show. Elton will appear alongside Queen and Diana Ross for Saturday's Queen's Platinum Jubilee concert in a pre-taped performance. Back in 2019, Elton revealed he was using a wheelchair after spraining his ankle. The latest performance comes as Elton has announced his own curated line-up for his huge BST Hyde Park show on June 24th. The performing artists were personally selected by Elton and include Rina Sawayama, Gabriels, Let's Eat Grandma, Berwyn, Thomas Headon, Tom A. Smith and Juanita Euka. She and Elton collaborated last year on the stunning duet Chosen Family and she has since collaborated with Charli XCX on her hit single Beg For You and will be releasing her highly anticipated sophomore album Hold The Girl this September. “American Express Presents BST Hyde Park has always represented the world's greatest and most beloved artists, delivering not just a performance but a truly unique and unforgettable event. "Elton John has provided the soundtrack to the lives of so many of us and knowing his final tour is coming to Hyde Park, possibly the last time many of us will ever see him play is one of the most important and important things See "BST Hyde Park Nights Always." Last month Elton confirmed he was ready to get back to work on his tour after taking a break to recover after an "uncomfortable fall". He took to Instagram on Friday to reveal that after a "relaxing break at home" to wrap up his long string of farewell shows, he'll be back on stage. He wrote: "After a relaxing break at home I'm ready to get back on the road with my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour! “I wear my Walk Of Fame sunglasses from the Elton John Eyewear collection. Walmart also commits to donating $1 million annually to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road concerts were postponed after Covid struck but resumed early last year. The show was canceled again after the star revealed he was experiencing "significant pain and discomfort" in his hip after a nasty fall onto a hard surface. He said of his "great sadness" over the past year, "I fell clumsily onto a hard surface and have had significant pain and discomfort in my hip ever since." Alongside the clip, he wrote, "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am compelled to to reschedule my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates in Europe and the UK for 2021 to 2023." However, the legendary singer was forced to cancel shows again earlier this year after testing positive for Covid.

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Sir Elton John performs "Your Song" in a pre-recorded version

Footage of Elton, 75, singing the infamous heartfelt ballad was projected onto the palace as people waved their glowing bracelets in the air. (Author: Gardener)

Elton JohnElton John wowed the crowd with a pre-recorded performance of "Your Song" during Saturday's "Party at the Palace" platinum anniversary concert. Footage of the 75-year-old singer, who was unable to perform in person due to his touring commitments, delivering the heartfelt ballad, was projected onto Buckingham Palace itself as people waved their glowing bracelets in the air. Elton's appearance comes days after he dismissed claims he had looked "frail" in recent days when he was pictured in a wheelchair. The star also posted about the concert on his Instagram, writing that he was "thrilled and honored" to be attending the anniversary celebrations. Looking dapper in a navy suit, chic leather slippers and red glasses, Elton shared a photo of what he appeared to be as he sat on the luxurious furniture at Buckingham Palace. He wrote: "I was thrilled and honored to be asked to be part of the Platinum Party at the Palace. The touching anniversary cameo - one amid many star-studded performances at Saturday's concert - also came as Sir Elton performed in Milan, Italy, during his recent Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium. He appeared to be in good spirits - a contrast to the singer's more tired demeanor of late. In recent weeks, Elton was dressed in one of his signature Gucci tracksuits and a face mask as he arrived at Leipzig Airport in a wheelchair before heading home to Nice after his show. Back in 2019, Elton revealed he was using a wheelchair after spraining his ankle. Elton posted on Instagram, telling his four million followers: "The real story is I'm in great health, loving my shows and playing and singing at my best. "I give 100% every night and never want to disappoint, especially after everyone has waited so long to go back to watching shows. He explained that the only reason a wheelchair was used at Leipzig Airport was so he could rest his hip after the show. Elton wrote: "After another rousing 2.5 hour show, we arrived at Leipzig Airport just before curfew to find that part of the airport was closed. "It was an extremely long walk to the plane, so my team kindly sat in a wheelchair so I could rest my hip after the show. Meanwhile, Elton has announced his own curated line-up for his huge BST Hyde Park show on June 24th. The performing artists were personally selected by Elton and include Rina Sawayama, Gabriels, Let's Eat Grandma, Berwyn, Thomas Headon, Tom A Smith and Juanita Euka. BRIT Award nominee Rina Sawayama rose to fame following the release of her critically acclaimed debut album SAWAYAMA in 2020. She and Elton collaborated last year with the stunning duet Chosen Family, and she has since collaborated with Charli XCX on her hit single Beg For You, set to release her highly anticipated sophomore album Hold The Girl in September. “American Express Presents BST Hyde Park has always represented the world's greatest and most beloved artists, delivering not just a performance but a truly unique and unforgettable event. "Elton John has provided the soundtrack to the lives of so many of us and knowing his final tour is coming to Hyde Park, possibly the last time many of us will ever see him play is one of the most important and important things See "BST Hyde Park Nights Always." Last month Elton confirmed he was ready to get back to work on his tour after taking a break to recover after an "uncomfortable fall". He took to Instagram in May to reveal that after a "relaxing break at home" he will be returning to the stage to wrap up his long string of farewell shows. He wrote: "After a relaxing break at home I'm ready to get back on the road with my Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour! “I wear my Walk Of Fame sunglasses from the Elton John Eyewear collection. Walmart also commits to donating $1 million annually to the Elton John AIDS Foundation. The Farewell Yellow Brick Road concerts were postponed after Covid struck but resumed early last year. The show was canceled again after the star revealed he was experiencing "significant pain and discomfort" in his hip after a nasty fall onto a hard surface. He said of his "great sadness" over the past year, "I fell clumsily onto a hard surface and have had significant pain and discomfort in my hip ever since." Alongside the clip, he wrote, "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am compelled to to reschedule my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour dates in Europe and the UK for 2021 to 2023." However, the legendary singer was forced to cancel shows again earlier this year after testing positive for Covid.

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Can Boris Johnson weather the coming storm?

In terms of relaxation, Guto Harris' decision to spend part of the anniversary week watching a performance of Julius Caesar seems brave. With deputies sharpening them (Author: Gardener)

Boris JohnsonIn terms of relaxation, Guto Harris' decision to spend part of the anniversary week watching a performance of Julius Caesar seems brave. With MPs sharpening their knives and a vote of confidence in Boris Johnson now likely, the Downing Street communications director settled down to watch the staged assassination of a once-beloved leader by a group of disillusioned allies. Harri joked with colleagues that the open-air performance at the Hay Literature Festival proved that "the downfall of a strong leader who has won great victories ended badly". A No. 10 official privately suggested that Jeremy Hunt, the former Foreign Secretary believed to be the favorite to succeed Johnson, was "an honorable man," a mantle bestowed by Shakespeare on the chief conspirator, Brutus. And it was Dame Andrea Leadsom, a former Cabinet Secretary who backed Johnson in 2019, who last week accused the Prime Minister of "unacceptable failures in leadership" over the Downing Street parties scandal and suggested she was considering filing a no-confidence letter in his Guide. Party leaders believe Leadsom acted as a vanguard for Penny Mordaunt, the Brexiteers' international trade secretary, who is expected to run. Andrea Leadsom, a former Johnson loyalist, was among those who publicly criticized him last week. Party rules require 54 letters to trigger a secret ballot, and Whips and rebel MPs alike believe they are close to that threshold. A rebel who keeps a private list believes as many as 67 letters were received. Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the 1922 Tory backbench committee, will count the letters, which can also be submitted via email and WhatsApp. when Parliament returns on Monday morning. If they total 54 or more, he will contact the Prime Minister. 1922 Executive Branch officers have already set Wednesday as the day for voting on leadership. To overthrow the prime minister, the rebels must muster 180 votes against Johnson. Another backbencher has calculated that up to 190 Tory MPs could vote against him. A former cabinet minister said: "55 percent of the time it happens on Monday or Tuesday. After the two by-elections [on June 23] there is an 80 percent vote.” The Conservative High Command braces for the loss of Tiverton & Honiton, where the Liberal Democrats threaten a Tory majority of 24,000, and Wakefield, a “Red Wall' seat won by Labor in 2019 The red wall in local elections, however, calmed the nerves of Tory MPs in the 2019 election and gave many hope of winning Wakefield back in a general election. Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Backbench Conservative MPs, is the only person who knows the record of no-confidence letters. That puts Labor 20 points ahead of Wakefield Conservatives and shows voters blame Johnson. Tory internal polls also suggest a "catastrophic" loss is imminent. In a second worrying development for Johnson, a Conservative donor who has given the party more than £340,000 since 2010 has called for the prime minister to be ousted. Financier Michael Tory, founder of Ondra Partners, says the Tories face ten years in the wilderness unless Johnson is replaced. "I've been a loyal and long-time donor, but I can't donate again unless there's an immediate leadership change," he said. No footage of Johnson and his wife Carrie arriving for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral on Friday unnerved Conservative MPs on Friday. The Prime Minister was booed as he arrived for a thanksgiving service for the Queen at St Paul's on Friday. In No. 10, officials say Johnson is "sanguine" about a challenge and "optimistic" about his prospects. But Harri, a Welsh rugby fan, felt it necessary to keep the Prime Minister's morale up by prompting him to start screaming 'Boris! Those who watched Johnson during a anniversary visit to his Uxbridge & South Ruislip constituency last week say he was greeted with "great warmth" by voters. "I can't get too excited about all the talk of a no-confidence vote," said one member of the inner circle. However, some of Johnson's close allies are concerned Downing Street is complacent about its staying power. The shadow whip operation that helped solidify Johnson's position when the party scandal first broke has been effectively dissolved, though one of them, Chris Heaton-Harris, is now chief whip. Others like Conor Burns, Tom Pursglove, Will Quince and Leo Docherty have not been recruited for the upcoming fight - although Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, has "dusted his table" of Johnson's supporters and opponents. Those with long memories warn that it was Margaret Thatcher's parliamentary assistant Peter Morrison's complacency when Michael Heseltine ran for the leadership in 1990, which meant she didn't fight back until it was too late. "There's a dangerously fine line between being upbeat and being cavalier and carefree," said one disgruntled Johnson admirer. Insiders also say Johnson now regularly speaks to Will Lewis, a former editor of The Daily Telegraph, for presentation advice. Guto Harri, the prime minister's communications director, joked after a performance of Julius Caesar at the Hay Literature Festival that "the overthrow of a strong leader who won great victories ended badly". He has won four major elections and is the only potential leader who can win in the red wall. The reluctance of his supposed rival Hunt could help him. In discussions with colleagues, Hunt has emphasized that he does not yet support a challenge. One of his supporters said, "Jeremy wants to make it clear that he didn't send him up when the balloon went up." Interestingly, it can also be revealed that Hunt asked one of Johnson's closest friends to send a message directly to the PM saying that he "doesn't think the time is right for a leadership change." This has raised eyebrows from the Cameroonian faction of the Tories, who see Hunt as the best hope for a restoration of their brand of conservatism. It "makes George Osborne's lips pucker," said a former minister. Hunt also has to compete for support in One Nation's group of MPs with Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the foreign affairs selection committee, who has quietly built a support base and has donors in line. Like Hunt, he has not been tainted by government membership for the past three years. Johnson's team used it to argue that the rebels want Brexit rolled back. A Johnson ally said: "We're starting to think Ellwood is a secret agent for Boris." Mordaunt, who flirted with the leadership throughout 2018 but didn't end up running, both raises her profile and raises her eyebrows other high. Some were surprised that someone watching the tour would arrive at Hay by helicopter, as Mordaunt did last week. A Johnson loyalist said: "Penny is like Steve Baker in a dress: someone who dreams that the nation will turn to her as she did to Churchill in 1939, and that we are now in 1938. Penny has all leadership qualities. except retainers.” Penny Mordaunt, the Secretary for Trade Policy and former Defense Secretary, is expected to stand as a candidate if there is a Tory leadership contest. If there is a competition, Liz Truss, the secretary of state, will present herself as a proto-Thatcher tax-cutter. Her allies are hoping that Priti Patel, the home secretary, also runs, as one senior Tory put it, "so she's not the lunatic". Her biggest rival in the cabinet could become Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi, who are considered a safe couple. Friends of the chancellor have privately suggested that he might not run, but it is understood that he now believes his public standing is not as bad as his critics claim and that he would throw his hat in the ring. However, the lack of a standout replacement has given Johnson confidence in his ability to survive. When Theresa May was challenged in 2019, she received 200 votes, 117 against, securing 63 percent of the vote. In the 1995 leadership contest, John defeated Major John Redwood by 218 votes to 89 with another 22 abstentions, securing 66 percent of the MPs' vote. The rebels hope the precedent will be Heseltine's challenge to Thatcher. He received 152 votes in the first round to Thatcher's 204, but it was enough to get Cabinet to withdraw its support and paved the way for the emerged leader - Major - to win the 1992 election. If today's rebels can get 121 votes, Johnson will have done as poorly as Major. "If he wins by one vote, he will fight to the death," said a minister. But a ministerial aide said, "If he wins by one vote, he'll be mortally injured." If Johnson performs poorly but refuses to budge, a former cabinet minister said, "It's the job of the chief whipper to decide what's going on in the best interest of the party and present him with a brandy and a revolver. An alternative would be for Cabinet ministers to resign or tell Johnson to leave. "It's not clear if they have the balls or the guts," said a leading conspirator. MPs are hoping it does better than the "Crime Week" that came when the Sue Gray report on Johnson's breaking of the law during lockdown was released. To show that he is making the political weather, the prime minister is expected to make a speech on Thursday announcing plans to let housing association tenants buy their homes. "He's very busy expanding the purchase right," said a close associate. A week later, a second speech follows, shared with Sunak on how to boost growth. Aides say Johnson has been quietly consulting a new group of academics and experts on ways to "supercharge" growth and boost the economy. However, his deputies are busy with another shot. Johnson sleepwalks into an 'inevitable' no-confidence vote. Strike now or wait: the question for Tory rebels. Boos and jeers for Johnson before St. Paul's

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Royal fans are questioning the 'comfortable' absence of the disgraced Duke

The Duke of York tested positive for Covid-19 yesterday and will therefore no longer attend the Queen's service at St Paul's Cathedral. (Author: Gardener)

RoyalRoyal fans have questioned the disgraced Prince Andrew and his "comfortable" absence from today's Thanksgiving service in St Paul after the Queen withdrew due to her ongoing mobility issues. The Duke of York has tested positive for Covid-19 and will therefore not be attending the Queen's service at St Paul's Cathedral today. He is understood to have seen his mother, the Queen, in recent days but she has tested negative - and he has not seen her since testing positive. Andrew, 62, was due to join his royal relatives at Thanksgiving service in London today, although he is no longer a working family member. However, social media users today posted a new wave of memes, mercilessly mocking the Duke after sharing the "comfortable" news that he was diagnosed with coronavirus. A particularly scathing post from Twitter user Con Murphy read: "Does anyone really think Prince Andrew has Covid? Another posted a meme in which the queen seemed to draw a line on a lateral flow test, giving the appearance of a positive result. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said on Thursday afternoon: "Following a routine test, the Duke has tested positive for Covid and it is with regret that he will not be attending tomorrow's service." Andrew was not on the Buckingham's balcony for the Trooping the Color ceremony for the flyover time Palace after the Queen limited those who appeared next to her to working members of her family. However, it had been expected that Andrew would visit St Paul's tomorrow along with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who were also not allowed on the balcony. Ahead of the centenary celebrations, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Distinguished Justin Welby - who now also has Covid and has had to withdraw from ministry - had suggested that Andrew 'seek redress', adding: 'I think that's a very good thing.' Andrew played a central role in accompanying his mother to the Duke of Edinburgh's memorial service in March. He is the latest in a long line of royals to have caught Covid, including the Queen, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Cambridge and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence. Meanwhile, the Queen has met her great-granddaughter Lilibet for the first time after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had lunch behind closed doors with the monarch and senior royals as part of the Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex introduced their daughter to the Queen, nicknamed Lilibet as a child, at a private Royal Family event after Trooping the Color at Buckingham Palace in Windsor yesterday. Harry and Meghan are expected to keep a largely low profile throughout the four-day anniversary weekend, with no sign of the Netflix cameras that followed them at the Invictus Games in the Netherlands in April. But they will attend today's Thanksgiving service at St Paul's Cathedral - their first royal engagement together in two years. Prince Charles will officially represent the Queen at the service in London today after she was forced to withdraw last night. The Sussexes, who are staying at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor during their visit from California, were not allowed onto the balcony of Buckingham Palace yesterday and instead watched the proceedings at Horse Guards Parade.

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No major delays on the busiest post Covid weekend

DAA continues to hire security personnel to avoid a repeat of last weekend's debacle that saw more than 1,400 flights missed (Author: Gardener)

Covid weekendImproved queuing facilities set up by the DAA Dublin Airport Authority in the departure security area of ​​Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport to deal with the long delays travelers have been experiencing at the airport lately. Improved queuing facilities set up by the DAA Dublin Airport Authority in the departure security area of ​​Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport to deal with the long delays travelers have been experiencing at the airport lately. There were no major delays at Dublin Airport on Saturday morning, much to the relief of operator DAA. Senior officials from the DAA, Gardaí and Airport Police were at both terminals from 6am to monitor security queues until departure, resulting in 1,400 people missing their flights last weekend. The tents that were erected in front of Terminal 1 to "triage" early arriving passengers and relieve the terminal building were not needed. The airport operator DAA stated that the maximum waiting time in Terminal 1 was 59 minutes and in Terminal 2 40 minutes before 6 a.m. From 4 a.m., 11 security lanes will be open in both terminals. Wait times at 6.30am were 30 minutes in Terminal 1 and 19 minutes in Terminal 2, it said in a tweet on Saturday morning. Although further holiday traffic will continue to test the Dublin Airport Authority's ability to maintain a steady flow through security channels, it has remained hopeful of preventing a repeat of last weekend's debacle. Gillian Madigan arrived at the airport at 3:20am with her family for an early morning Aer Lingus flight to Barcelona. All security gates in Terminal 2 were open. She described the atmosphere as "very calm - it felt like people had more free time. The food hall in T2 was very busy with people queuing for hot food, it took about 30 minutes for the food to come. We arrived at our gate with plenty of time.” Fiona Mills, who arrived at Terminal 1 with her family just before 8am, said Ryanair's bag drop was very quick. The queues at Terminal 1 were long but moving. "It took 20 minutes to get through security. There seems to be a lot of people whose bags got locked after security. I've traveled a lot but I've never seen so many people waiting for their bags. Maybe people forgot to take the liquids out of their pockets," she said. “We had a pretty good experience at the airport this morning. It was the first time in my life that I was happy to fly with Ryanair as their baggage drop was by far the most efficient! The first wave of passengers early Friday morning had abided by the rules, arriving in a window no more than two and a half hours before short-haul flights departed. “We were right through [security]. There was no queue outside," said Nathan Collier (25), who was traveling to a wedding in Poland with around 30 others on Saturday. Mr Collier, who told The Irish Times earlier in the week about fears they would miss the ceremony if queues and security checks stalled again, said the experience had been stress-free. Passenger Rahim Jina tweeted: "From parking lot in T2 to baggage drop and normal security in T2, 50 minutes this morning. Dublin Airport spokesman Kevin Cullinane said they expected 50,000 people to take off from the airport on Saturday, one of the busiest days of the year. "It was an extremely busy first wave this morning," he said. We had extra personnel to open the security gates. The improved queue management when approaching the terminals worked very well. We have learned the lessons of last Sunday to ensure that all of our passengers are boarding their flights.” Since Thursday, more than 90,000 passengers have been passing through the airport every day, and on Saturday it will be 100,500 passengers. He expects the airport to serve at least 100,000 passengers daily by next Tuesday. "Right now, every day is an All-Ireland Sunday for us," he said. Chief Executive Dalton Philips said the situation was "sensitive" and management was continuing to hire security personnel as soon as possible to avoid flight cancellations in the coming weeks. While an additional 200 staff have been hired to date, an additional 100 are required to handle the anticipated holiday travel volume. “We are in a very delicate situation because if the required number of officers you need is not enough, like last weekend, queues can form very quickly. Canopies have been installed outside the terminals to accommodate hundreds of passengers at peak times.

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Pandit urges Ten Hag to replace Maguire with de Gea as Manchester United captain

"It would be deserved because there's an argument that Harry Maguire might not even compete next season." (Author: Gardener)

de GeaManchester United manager Erik Ten Hag was set to replace Harry Maguire as captain with goalkeeper David de Gea this summer. The 12 players Manchester United may give away this summer in what appears to be a £500m savings. United were only able to finish sixth in the Premier League last season and with new manager Ten Hag officially taking over the job later this month he has plenty of work to do. Maguire is the current skipper but there are serious doubts as to whether he is the right man for the job. Goalkeeper de Gea is a candidate, as is talismanic striker Cristiano Ronaldo, but Darren Bent has claimed there is only one man for the job. Speaking on talkSPORT, Bent said: “I think David De Gea should be the captain. "My only thing about Ronaldo is we know he's a leader, but he's tried to lead this season and not many of the players have followed him. "None of them improved, none wanted to follow his lead and we know he's one of the all-time greats but there were times when people wouldn't pass the ball to him and he had his back to them and his arms in throw the air. "He was captain without the armband this season, but for me David De Gea would be my captain." Asked if that means he would strip Maguire of the captaincy, Bent said: "It would be deserved because there's an argument that Harry Maguire might not even start next season. "If Ten Hag brings in another middle half he might want to work him with [Raphael] Varane, there's no guarantee he'll be there from the start." The Pandit article urges Ten Hag to see Maguire through as Manchester United captain Replacing de Gea appeared first on Football365.com.

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Pandit predicts Southgate headache over Maguire as Man Utd boss Ten Hag says 'he's not for me'

"Ten Hag could walk the path and say 'He's not for me'. That sometimes happens in club football." (Author: Gardener)

MaguireGareth Southgate could face a selection headache at the World Cup if new Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag makes the switch from Harry Maguire, an expert has said. Maguire endured a difficult season at Old Trafford, struggling to partner with Raphael Varane, who signed in the summer, and failing to build on an encouraging season the year before. United were only able to secure a sixth-place finish in the Premier League this year and there was talk of Maguire being stripped of his captaincy by Ten Hag. Additionally, there have been talks that Ten Hag might not find a place for Maguire in their starting XI with a number of centre-backs already linked with the club. And Tony Cascarino has now admitted it could be a major headache for England boss Southgate ahead of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later in the year. Speaking on talkSPORT, ex-Chelsea man Cascarino said: "I think his career will change slightly next year because what does he think of Harry Maguire with Erik Ten Hag joining Man United? “You could have a scenario where he plays really well for England, comes at the start of the season and then doesn't play for Man United under Ten Hag. "What does Gareth Southgate do then? "It's not unlikely because after what happened at United last year there will be a lot of scapegoats. "Last season was terrible and there will be scapegoats and Harry Maguire could be one of them. That sometimes happens in club football. "Is Gareth brave enough to pick a player who isn't in his club side if that was the scenario and then pick him for the World Cup? “There are some English players who have played better for England than for their club. Raphael Varane came to the club, things didn't work out with Victor Lindelof and he even ended the season with Phil Jones. "It was difficult but there were a lot of problems at Old Trafford." Article Pundit predicts Southgate headache over Maguire if Man Utd boss Ten Hag says 'he's not for me' appeared first on Football365.com.

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