In the headlines
Chinese officials have been banned from visiting the Queen’s lying-in-state despite being invited to her funeral, which will take place on Monday just across the road. Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle refused the delegation’s request to visit Westminster Hall, says the BBC, because of Beijing’s sanctions against five British MPs. The queue to view the Queen’s coffin has been temporarily closed to new mourners after reaching five miles – and 14 hours – long. Officials have stopped six people attempting to smuggle pet dogs in under their coats, says Politico. It was “woof a try”. Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will retire from professional tennis after next week’s Laver Cup. The 41-year-old, who’s played more than 1,500 matches across his 24-year career, says he must listen to his body’s “capacities and limits”, says the Daily Express. It’s “Roger and out”.