In common with many front pages, the Daily Telegraph leads with the words of the Prime Minister: “We’ll be back to normal by Christmas.”
But the paper notes that – just hours after his call for the public to “look ahead with optimism” – Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance was striking a more pessimistic tone.
He warned a Lords committee that Britain could need another lockdown this winter, and the challenge would be “very much greater”.
The Guardian says England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, was equally sombre when he told the committee social distancing would have to continue for a long period.
The i reports that the PM’s roadmap to normality got an “expert reality check”.
However, the Daily Express says he offered hope to millions of families that they would be able to enjoy Christmas together.
The Times reports that Mr Johnson is to mark his first anniversary in office by rewarding supporters of Brexit, including Sir Ian Botham, with peerages.
The former England cricketer is said to be one of about 30 new peers to be announced this month.
According to the paper, the list includes four former Labour MPs: Frank Field and Gisela Stuart, who backed Brexit, and Ian Austin and John Woodcock, who voted for Mr Johnson’s deal and urged Labour supporters not to vote for Jeremy Corbyn.
In what is described as an attempt to heal Conservative and national divisions, The Times says former chancellors Ken Clarke and Philip Hammond will also be included – both had the Tory whip withdrawn for trying to block the prime minister’s efforts to get a Brexit deal.
The Daily Telegraph says Justice Secretary Robert Buckland is to unveil a commission of independent legal experts next week which could put in place new rules to bar judges from making “political rulings”.
On Thursday, the Court of Appeal ruled that Shamima Begum – who left London at the age of 15 to join the Islamic State group in Syria – should be allowed to return to the UK to challenge the revoking of her British citizenship.
The Telegraph recalls that Mr Johnson promised a shake-up of judicial reviews in the Tories’ election manifesto.
Princess Beatrice’s marriage to property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi is described by the Daily Mail as the first royal wedding behind closed doors for 235 years.
A cousin of the groom is quoted as blaming the recent “problems” of the bride’s father, Prince Andrew, over the Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
The paper says the secret nature of the nuptials meant the Queen’s beleaguered son was spared appearing in public – just 15 family and friends were present. The Daily Mirror calls it the “cheapest royal wedding ever”.
Hours later, the Queen knighted 100-year-old World War II veteran Captain Tom Moore outside at Windsor Castle.
Most of the papers picture Sir Tom leaning on the wheeled walker he used to complete 100 laps of his garden as his shoulders were tapped with a ceremonial sword.
The Yorkshire Post relates how, in brilliant sunshine, the 94-year-old Queen thanked the Yorkshire-born veteran for raising an “amazing amount of money” and told him: “One hundred is a great age.” The Sun says he joked: “If I kneel down I’ll never get up again.”
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