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‘Our waters!’ Britons FURIOUS over French plot to block UK fishing ports after Brexit

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Brexit talks between the UK and the European Union ended prematurely on Thursday with outstanding issues remaining over trade and fisheries. EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has demanded a level playing field with the UK over trade as well as access to UK fishing waters after the transition period – something his counterpart David Frost has rejected.

Britain is on course to leave the controversial Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) next year and become an independent coastal state – free to set its own tariffs and quotas on stocks.

Following the breakdown of talks, fishing expert and CEO of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisation Barrie Deas, has warned French fisherman could block UK ports if its fisherman have reduced access to UK waters.

The proposition of a stand-off in the English Channel has prompted a furious response from a number of Express.co.uk readers, who let their feelings known on the websites Facebook page.

One angry user said: “They’re our waters, we let the EU use them to the detriment of our own fishing industry when we foolishly joined the EU.

“The French or any EU country does not have the right to fish in our sovereign territory unless we say so.”

A second reader said: “They have plundered our fish stocks long enough- time to give nature a rest, and to give our fishermen the rights to fish unhindered in our own waters!”

A third commented: “Typical of macron wants everything his own way.

“They are British fishing waters, not French, pay for what you take and only take what we say.”

Meanwhile a fourth simply said: “Our waters our fish they need to accept that.”

Mr Deas explained how a lack of a deal on fisheries would impact the fishing Industry in France.

He claimed the current deal negotiated in 1983, ensured 84 percent of the quota of cod in the English Channel went to France, compared to just nine percent staying in the UK.

He told Express.co.uk: “French fishermen have a long track record of blockading Channel ports when they’re upset about something.

“They’ve done it for much lesser reasons than the UK becoming an independent coastal state, renegotiation of quotas, even if there is access for French fishermen.

“I think it would be naive to expect they will be happy about this or do nothing about it.

“There’s a long history of those kinds of blockades.”

Following the four-days of talks in Brussels, Mr Barnier said there were still “serious divergences” between the two sides.

He said: “Our goal was to get negotiations successfully and quickly on a trajectory to reach an agreement.

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“However, after four days of discussions, serious divergences remain.”

The EU negotiator firmly pointed the blame towards the UK and said the bloc had engaged “constructively” and added officials needed to see an “equivalent engagement from the UK side”.

Mr Frost said: “We have completed our discussion of the full range of issues in the negotiation in just over three days.

“The negotiations have been comprehensive and useful. But they have also underlined the significant differences that still remain between us on a number of important issues.”

The next round of Brexit trade talks will take place next week in London.

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Baby was so badly burned in house fire his bones protruded through his skin

A baby boy was so badly burned in a house fire he suffered fourth-degree burns that left his bones protruding through his skin. Domingo Abarzua also had to receive skin grafts from cadavers in the wake of the blaze last November, when he was just four months old. His face was so badly burned that his eyelids fused shut.

The infant, from Youngstown in Ohio, was pulled from the rented house by his mother Marciela Daza after an electrical fault made it catch fire. His clothes were so hot they began melting to Marciela’s skin, with the mom screaming hysterically on seeing how severely injured her baby was.

She explained: ‘I was asking God to please make Domingo answer or move. At that moment, I remember Domingo taking a deep breath and he started crying again. I laid him carefully on the grass and the first thing I did was start to remove his clothing because it was very hot and almost sticking to me on my body…’

Chilean-born Marciela, whose English is poor, wasn’t able to confirm the severity of her baby’s condition until she got to the hospital and chatted to a Spanish-speaking paramedic.

She told the Akron Beacon Journal: ‘It was at that point I was aware that basically Domingo was close to death and it was a matter of life or death.’

He suffered burns to a third of his body, with his face one of the worst-hit areas.

Domingo suffered fourth-degree burns – the most serious type, as well as extremely serious third-degree burns that saw him endure eight months of painful surgeries.

He is finally set to be discharged from hospital on Monday, just in time for his first birthday on July 18. But Domingo faces further grueling surgeries as he gets older to help his badly-scarred skin stretch as he grows bigger.

Dr Richard Lou, who treated Domingo at the Akron Children’s Hospital, explained: ‘He’s lucky to even be alive at this point. Most people in house fires this young typically don’t make it to the hospital.’

‘Burn scars are really really tough and can scar severely and distort facial features.’

Domingo lost several fingers and toes as a result of the fire. Skin from cadavers was initially used to treat him, although that has since been replaced with grafts from his own body.

The baby had to go on a ventilator to breathe, and now has a tracheostomy on his neck to ensure he can get enough air into his lungs. He is also being fed through a tube, and must learn to eat again.

Domingo was so badly scarred after the blaze his eyes fused shut, with surgeons working to reopen them and loosen that tissue. They will perform similar procedures in the coming years to stop Domingo experiencing pain or similar discomfort as he grows bigger and his damaged skin begins to stretch.

After leaving Akron Children’s intensive care unit, Domingo moved to a rehabilitation center to help boost his strength and mobility. His mom Marciela and father Orlando Abarzua are now looking forward to bringing him home. They have nicknamed their son ‘Super Mingo’ as a tribute to his survival against the odds.

Marciela said: ‘It’s been a very long road for us the past eight months. We are very happy because he’s alive. We are very happy because in the process we met a lot of humane, wonderful people. ‘

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Domingo. To donate click here

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Donald Trump suffers embarrassing blunder during national anthem – ‘Someone tell him’

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US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump travelled to South Dakota on Friday night ahead of July 4th Independence Day celebrations across America. Before speeches and firework displays, the US President and First Lady took to an outdoor stage at Mount Rushmore for the national anthem.

As the famous star spangled banner played out, Mr Trump was pictured saluting with his right-hand over his right eyebrow, instead of over his chest – like his wife Melania.

The blunder caused a huge stir among users on social media.

Andrew Feinberg White House Correspondent for Newsweek, wrote on Twitter: “Can someone explain to @realDonaldTrump that as a civilian, non-veteran, he should have his hand over his heart during the national anthem?”

Another user said: “I’ve never served but I have literally asked every vet and active solider I run into, and they all agree he should not be saluting.”

A second user wrote: “Can someone explain to President Trump that as a civilian, non-veteran, he should have his hand over his heart during the national anthem, just like his wife.”

Meanwhile a third angry American said: “Trump embarrasses us in new ways every day.”

The Flag Code states persons present to the national anthem are expected to stand and face the flag, if there is one.

Civilians should stand to attention with right hand over heart, while military personnel in uniform and veterans should salute throughout.

The Flag Code is enshrined into US law but is it never enforced and there are no punishments for breaching it.

The pre-July 4 holiday event drew 7,500 people, packed into an outdoor amphitheatre.

Mount Rushmore, which depicts US presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln, has not hosted a fireworks spectacle since 2009 because of environmental concerns but was given the go-ahead by Mr Trump.

Speaking underneath the famed landmark, Mr Trump turned the event into one of his election rallies and criticised the widespread protests across the US, sparked by the death of George Floyd.

In the nationwide unrest protesters in several cities have vandalised the statues of leaders, including Confederate generals who led a rebellion against the US Government during the US civil war.

Protesters in one instance, unsuccessfully tried to pull down a statue of former US President Andrew Jackson outside the White House.

Mr Jackson, known for his populist policies, owned slaves and forced thousands of Native Americans from their homes.

Mr Trump said: “As we meet here tonight there is a growing danger that threatens every blessing our ancestors fought so hard for.

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“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values and indoctrinate our children.”

He added: “Those who seek to erase our heritage want Americans to forget our pride and our great dignity, so that we can no longer understand ourselves or America’s destiny.

“They would tear down the beliefs, culture and identity that have made America the most vibrant and tolerant society in the history of the Earth.

“Mount Rushmore will stand forever as an eternal tribute to our forefathers, and to our freedom.”

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Unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask

Apple’s Face ID face-recognition technology has made unlocking the company’s iPhone X and 11 smartphone series a breeze.

That is, until the coronavirus pandemic, which has resulted in many people donning masks that block the smartphones’ face recognition technology.

While iPhone users can still unlock their phones by entering their six-digit passcode, that process is less convenient.

Researchers at Tencent Xuanwu Lab have discovered how to train Face ID to recognise users who are wearing masks.

I tried the method and it worked. However, I needed a few attempts.

Here are the steps I took and things I learnt through trial and error.

Steps to unlocking your iPhone with the mask on

1) On your iPhone, go to Settings, then Face ID & Passcode.

2) You can choose either the Reset Face ID or Alternate Appearance options, but start with the former.

3) Fold your face mask in half along the vertical plane and hold it up so it is covering half of your face.

Tip: Adjust the folded mask so it covers only the tip of your nose and no further.

4) For your first Face ID set-up scan, rotate your head according to the on-screen instructions. Wait for the green indicator to signal that you have completed the first scan.

5) Position your mask to cover the other half of your face and perform the second Face ID set-up scan, repeating steps 3 and 4.

6) When the second scan is done, test Face ID by wearing the mask normally to unlock the phone.

If your iPhone still fails to recognise you, try the Alternate Appearance option and repeat the steps. If that also fails, go back to the Reset Face ID option and start again.

TRY AND TRY AGAIN

It took me six tries to get this to work.

You will also need to wear your mask starting from the tip of your nose in order for Face ID to recognise you after successfully setting it up with this trick.

I tried the method with the government-issued cloth face mask and a disposable face mask. Both worked.

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US marks subdued Fourth of July as coronavirus cases surge

Independence Day celebrations began with daily records in new cases in Florida, at 11,458, and Texas, at 8,258.

The United States marked a subdued Fourth of July holiday with social distancing and restrictions on crowds preventing the typical gatherings and firework displays amid a surge in coronavirus infections in southern and western states. 

Racial justice protests were also planned in the US capital on Saturday, where President Donald Trump is set to deliver a speech on the National Mall.

Trump promised a “special evening” that could bring tens of thousands of spectators, despite warnings of the dangers of spreading the virus from Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who is powerless over the event on federal land. 

Saturday’s commemoration of the declaration of US independence from Britain began on a grim note, with both Florida and Texas recording their highest daily new infections, 11,458 and 8,258 in a 24-hour period, respectively, since the coronavirus outbreak began in the United States.

To date, nearly 130,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the country, amid 2.8 million infections – the highest number of both deaths and infections in the world.

On Friday, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Idaho and Alabama all registered daily highs for new cases, while Texas hit a new peak for hospitalisations related to the virus.

Beaches, normally packed over the holiday weekend, were widely shut on both coasts with Florida’s most populous county Miami-Dade shuttering the sand and imposing a curfew for residents.

Meanwhile in California, beach closures went from Los Angeles County northward through Ventura and Santa Barbara. To the south in Orange County, hugely popular beaches such as Huntington and Newport were closed.

Fireworks, events cancelled

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautioned that mass gatherings, such as the one scheduled by the president, present a high risk for spread of the virus.

On Friday during Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore, Republican Governor Kristi Noem, an ally of the president, insisted social distancing was not necessary and masks were optional. 

On Saturday, officials said they would hand out 300,000 face coverings to spectators who gather on the National Mall. While Interior Department Secretary David Bernhardt said visitors would be encouraged to wear masks and keep two metre (6 foot) distance from one another, there was no indication that would be mandatory.

In a patchwork of restrictions across the country, parades were cancelled, boisterous backyard barbecues scaled down, and family reunions put off amid worries about air travel and concerns about spreading the virus.

In New York City, the famous annual Nathan’s hotdog eating contest, normally held on the crowded Coney Island boardwalk, took place inside with no spectators and special precautions for officials and workers.

Meanwhile, Fireworks displays, a mainstay of the holiday that typically attracts crowds of thousands to locations across the country, have been put on hold this year, with an estimated 80 percent of those events cancelled. 

Other locales urged people to watch the displays from their cars.

Racial unrest

Saturday also comes amid a backdrop of heightened racial unrest in the country following the killing of George Floyd after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes in Minnesota on May 25. 

Demonstrations have since become a regular feature in many American cities, with several planned in the US capital.

The largest protests on Saturday are expected to include a George Floyd memorial March beginning at the Lincoln Memorial, a Black Out March at the US Capitol, and a Black Lives Matter protest at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Public health officials have been bracing for a new spike in coronavirus cases after this weekend’s celebrations and protests.

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Egypt arrests alleged serial sexual predator

CAIRO (AFP) – Egyptian authorities on Saturday (July 4) arrested a man who allegedly sexually abused dozens of girls and women, in a case that has sparked outrage online, a security source said.

Allegations have been widely circulating on social media since Wednesday detailing horrific sexual abuse and related blackmail suffered by women at the hands of the same man.

One allegation claimed that he attempted to abuse a 14-year-old girl.

“The person accused of harassing the girls has been arrested and will be facing the prosecution following the allegations carried on social media,” the security source said.

“Those affected should submit formal reports of the harm they endured,” the source added.

The source did not identify the suspect.

In a later statement, Egypt’s public prosecution identified the man and said the investigation was launched.

According to the social media reports, the first of which was published on an Instagram account, the abuse had been going on for years.

The public prosecution had said it received a complaint from one woman against the alleged abuser dating as far back as November 2016.

Trending hashtags carrying the alleged abuser’s name widely circulated on Twitter and Facebook, urging government action.

Egypt’s National Council for Women (NCW) lodged an official complaint with the public prosecutor to investigate the allegations on Saturday.

“The NCW has followed the social media account on Instagram, which was launched by girls and women complaining that a man raped some of them and sexually assaulted and harassed others,” it said on Facebook.

It also said that several victims, who reached out to the council, recounted that the man “blackmailed and threatened to defame them using photos and clips documenting his heinous crimes”.

The council urged the women to submit official complaints to the prosecutor.

Some online reports suggested the perpetrator was a university student.

The American University in Cairo acknowledged the suspect had studied there but said he left the university in 2018.

He “is not a current student at the American University in Cairo,” a statement said.

Sexual harassment is highly prevalent in Egypt.

United Nations surveys have found that most Egyptian women have been subject to harassment, ranging from catcalling to pinching and groping.

Egyptian authorities have criminalised sexual harassment since 2014, but many women complain that the problem remains rampant.

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Football: Chelsea bounce back to cruise past Watford

LONDON (AFP) – Chelsea retook their place in the Premier League top four as goals from Olivier Giroud, Willian and Ross Barkley capped a dominant display to beat Watford 3-0 and leave the Hornets still precariously placed just one point outside the relegation zone.

Manchester United’s 5-2 thrashing of Bournemouth earlier in the day saw Chelsea slip outside the top four before kick-off, but the Blues bounced back with very little fuss as Watford failed to exploit the hosts’ defensive frailties.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard reacted to the bitter disappointment of blowing a lead to lose 3-2 at struggling West Ham on Wednesday by making four changes with Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger paying the price for their part in the Hammers’ late winner.

Giroud was one of those recalled to the starting line-up and the 33-year-old showed why Lampard extended his contract for another year during the coronavirus shutdown.

The French international was denied by the quick reflexes of Ben Foster with his first big chance, but was not to be stopped when he span onto Barkley’s pass before finding the bottom corner on 28 minutes.

Watford manager Nigel Pearson also made a big call with his team selection as he recalled Nathaniel Chalobah to the starting line-up and Andre Gray to the matchday squad after both were dropped for a 3-1 home defeat by Southampton last weekend after flouting government guidelines by attending a party for Gray’s 29th birthday.

However, there was no improvement in the performance as Watford have taken just one point from four games since the restart.

The visitors gave themselves a mountain to climb when Etienne Capoue unnecessarily barged into Christian Pulisic to concede a penalty.

Willian is into the final month of his contract at Stamford Bridge after seven years with the club. But if the Brazilian is to depart with Arsenal and Tottenham interested in keeping him in London, his Chelsea career is going out on a high as he netted his fourth goal in as many Premier League games since the resumption.

Watford appeared content just to keep the score down after half-time with goal difference a consideration in the battle to beat the drop.

Pearson’s men host bottom-of-the-table Norwich on Tuesday in a huge match if they are to build up a cushion over Bournemouth and Aston Villa, with Arsenal and Manchester City to come in the final week of the season.

Chelsea could have added plenty more in the second half, but had to settle for just one in stoppage time as Barkley fired home Cesar Azpilicueta’s cut-back.

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PM’s dad says Greece trip was ‘essential’ as he needed to ‘Covid-proof’ villa

The Prime Minister’s father has defended his decision to fly to Greece in apparent breach of travel guidance – and posting social media updates about the journey.

Stanley Johnson was criticised after reportedly dodging the ban on direct flights from the UK by jetting out to his Greek villa via Bulgaria.

The 79-year-old said he was visiting on ‘essential business’ because he needed to ‘Covid-proof my property’ ahead of the letting season.

Asked about social media posts, Mr Johnson senior told reporters on Saturday: ‘I didn’t put them up… in a spirit of defiance, or anything like that.’

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Referring to his residence in Greece, he added: ‘I came here to have a quiet time, to organise the house.

‘I think I’m going to go back on July 10. So, I have just got one week to get everything organised. Got a whole lot of instructions about how to make the place Covid proof.’

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Asked if he had put his son, Boris Johnson, in a difficult position by travelling to Greece, he said: ‘I have read his answers and he is absolutely right to say… that, you know what… and I think… I am not going to talk about private conversations between family members… and, I am absolutely not going to talk about that.’

Referring to air bridges between the UK and other countries, the PM’s father said: ‘Let’s open this air bridge as quick as we can. People are longing to get here and this is a country which has everything.’


He added: ‘I am not going to say whether my actions were correct or not, but in any case what happened, happened.

‘How wonderful it would be if, quite quickly, if the two governments could come to some arrangement?’

Boris repeatedly refused to condemn his father’s decision when quizzed about the journey on Friday.

During an LBC radio phone-in, the PM said: ‘I think you really ought to raise that with him. I am not going to get into details of family conversations.

‘I think the overwhelming majority of the British people have understood what needs to be done and have been very prudent and that is the right thing to do.’

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Jeremy Corbyn’s bizarre boast about Queen Elizabeth II revealed

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It is no secret that former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn would like Britain to become a republic. However, he said that, given the Royal Family’s popularity, “it is not a battle that he is fighting”. This has not stopped him from making comments in the past, though.

In 1998, the MP for Islington North called for the royal ceremony for the State Opening of Parliament to be abolished, saying: “It’s absolutely ridiculous.

“This 18th-century performance, the horses and the knights and everybody else turning up for the Queen to read a speech she’s never even read before, let alone written.”

More recently, in the wake of the Prince Andrew scandal, the left-winger also claimed that the monarchy should be scaled back.

And in an interview in December last year, he suggested that he does not watch the Queen’s speech on Christmas Day.

Because of his well-known republican views, the former Labour leader surprised MPs in 2016, when he bizarrely boasted about Queen Elizabeth II sharing the love of his football team: Arsenal.

According to a throwback report by The Telegraph, during a speech in the House of Commons, Mr Corbyn, himself a Gunners fan and the club’s MP, recalled how a bad back meant the monarch was unable to open their Emirates Stadium back in 2006.

He added: “Now, we know the Queen is absolutely above politics.

“She may be above football, too, but many locals harbour this quite secret view that she’s actually, privately, a Gooner.”

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It was not the first time it was claimed the Queen supports Arsenal, with the club’s former midfielder Cesc Fabregas disclosing she told him she was “a fan” during a Buckingham Palace reception.

She was later said to have inherited the bug from her mother and has seemingly passed it on to her children.

In 2015, Prince Harry revealed: “Most of the Royal Family are Arsenal fans.”

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Moreover, in his 2016 autobiography, “Mission & Passion Fussball”, Sepp Blatter, the disgraced former president of Fifa – compiled a top 10 of heads of state with the greatest football expertise.

The Queen was ranked fifth, beating former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who has owned AC Milan since 1986.

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Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall: How Charles wife IS Princess of Wales – despite Diana fury

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Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Charles tied the knot 15 years ago, in an unremarkable civil ceremony which deviated from the royal norm. Although it didn’t have the same attention as the Prince of Wales’ marriage to Princess Diana, Camilla reaped the same benefits from the union. As such, while she may not publicly go by the Princess of Wales, she is the current bearer of the title.

When people think of the Princess of Wales, many think exclusively of Diana, whom Prince Charles married in 1981.

However, in reality, the title belongs to any wife of the Prince of Wales.

The reason the Duchess of Cornwall doesn’t use it in public is due to the feeling behind Princess Diana and her association with the title.

Royal experts believe she didn’t take up the title so as not to stoke public opinion against her.

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Speaking to Town and Country Magazine in 2018, royal expert and author Marlene Koenig said the royals hoped to avoid “anger and tension” from the general populace.

She said: “Camilla was not popular or well-liked, [though] this has changed a lot since the marriage as Camilla has taken on a lot of patronages and Charles is a lot happier.

“Still, [there was] a lot of tension and anger among a certain element of the population—so it was decided that Camilla would be styled as the Duchess of Cornwall, even though, of course, she is the Princess of Wales.”

The same issue of popularity may also impact the title she takes when she becomes Queen.

Pundits expect the Duchess of Cornwall will take a different title when Prince Charles succeeds Queen Elizabeth II.

They believe the decision will ultimately fall to him, however, and he will take the general public into account.

University College London’s Constitution Unit said: “In deference to public opinion, Camilla has not assumed the title Princess of Wales.

“Prince Charles will no doubt have regard to public opinion at the time of his accession, in deciding whether Camilla should become Queen; and he may also want to seek the advice of the government of the day.”

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“The fallback position is that Camilla would become Princess Consort as announced at the time of their marriage.”

However, public opinion may not be the only factor which determines Camilla’s future title.

Keen observers have noted hers and Prince Charles’ wedding was a civil ceremony, which some argue is not as valid as others.

The Constitution Unit explained the argument, saying: “Because the Marriage Acts from 1753 have explicitly excepted royal marriages from their provisions, the only valid marriage which a member of the royal family could contract in England was a religious marriage in the Church of England.

“The Lord Chancellor in 2005 defended the validity of the Prince’s civil marriage, as did the Registrar General.

“But if Camilla became Queen, it might provoke further legal challenges.”

The Duchess of Cornwall may ultimately decide to go by a different title, but she would automatically become Queen when Prince Charles becomes King.

He would do so the second the Queen either abdicates or dies, and a coronation is not necessary.

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