Today's top headlines from The Telegraph

Today’s top headlines from The Telegraph

Welcome to your early morning news briefing from The Telegraph – a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Monday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free.

1. Matt Hancock hints at delay to June 21 reopening

The Government is “absolutely open” to delaying the June 21 unlocking, Matt Hancock said on Sunday in the strongest indication yet that the date for the next step in the roadmap could be put back.

A two-week delay until July 5 has been under discussion by scientists and civil servants, but Mr Hancock’s remarks  confirmed that pushing back the relaxation of restrictions was being considered. Read the full story.

2. Joe Biden pledges to affirm special relationship as he heads to Britain for G7 summit

Joe Biden has said he wants to strengthen the special relationship with Britain ahead of his arrival in London on his visit this week.

The US president, who will meet the Queen and attend the G7 summit in Cornwall, said he would use his upcoming meeting with Boris Johnson to “affirm the special relationship” and endorsed the Prime Minister’s G7 goals of tackling climate change and strengthening ties between democracies. Read the full story.

3. Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor: Meghan and Harry welcome baby daughter to the world

The Duchess of Sussex has given birth to a daughter, named Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor after the Queen and her late grandmother.

The baby was born at 11.40am on Friday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in California, weighing 7lbs 11oz, the couple announced on Sunday evening. Read the full story.

4. Bring in Army to solve migrant crisis, former Border Force boss says

Ministers should consider bringing in the Armed forces to help UK border officers who face being overwhelmed by the influx of migrants across the Channel, says a former head of Border Force.

As the number of migrants to reach the UK in small boats this year hit 4,300, Tony Smith, former director-general of Border Force, said it was clear the current set-up was “not fit for purpose”. Read the full story.

5. Bittersweet day for D-Day veterans as Prince Charles leads tributes at opening of British Normandy Memorial

On June 6, 1944, they stormed ashore the beaches of Normandy, any thoughts of home long obscured by the thick smoke and screaming artillery shells. 

On the 77th anniversary of D-Day, the surviving veterans once more found themselves on the wrong side of the English Channel – this time prevented by Covid regulations from travelling to France to witness the official opening of the first dedicated memorial to all the British lives lost during the Normandy landings. Read the full story.

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