image captionMany of the newspaper front pages feature the wedding of Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds, with the Mail on Sunday pointing out it is the first time a sitting prime minister has got married while in office since 1822. It says the couple had been planning a small-scale wedding for six months, although restrictions that limited the guest list to 30 could be lifted on 21 June.
image captionThe Sunday Telegraph says even senior Downing Street aides were kept in the dark about the ceremony, while one member of staff at Westminster Cathedral said they only learned of the couple’s identity a day before the wedding. The paper says the ceremony came days after it was reported the couple sent “save the dates” for a celebration of their marriage on July 30 next year.
image captionThe 30 guests at Westminster Cathedral were invited only at the last minute, the Daily Express says, such was the secrecy surrounding the prime minister’s third wedding.
image caption“Nice day for a whitewash wedding” is the Sunday Mirror’s scornful take, as the paper contrasts the celebration with the controversy over the government’s handling of the pandemic.
image captionThe main story in the Sunday Times focuses on the origins of the pandemic, reporting that British spies now believe it is “feasible” the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Insitute of Virology, rather than being transmitted to humans from a natural source. Previously the paper says Western intelligence agencies judged the possibility of a lab leak was “remote” while China has angrily rejected the theory.
image captionLabour leader Sir Keir Starmer has written in the Observer to warn that the 21 June date to lift the remaining Covid-19 restrictions is at risk because of what he calls serial incompetence and “civil war” inside Boris Johnson’s government. The paper call it his strongest attack yet on the government’s handling of the pandemic, as he describes the 80,000 second-wave deaths as “avoidable and unforgivable”.
image caption“Hancock must go now over care deaths” is the headline on the Sunday People, which says bereaved relatives and care home bosses joined a “chorus of fury” at Health Secretary Matt Hancock for allowing patients with Covid-19 to be sent back to care homes without being tested.
image captionAnd the Daily Star reports that the half-term week will be the first of six heatwaves this summer, with 25C temperatures rising to 33C is some places. “More scorching spells to follow,” the paper promises.