Your morning briefing: What you should know for Thursday, April 15

Sean Morrison
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Royals will not wear military uniform at Prince Philip’s funeral

Members of the royal family will not wear military uniform at the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

It is understood the Queen has decided that senior royals attending the service should be in civilian clothing.

The move means the Duke of Sussex will not have to face being one of the only close family members who is not in uniform at Saturday’s service.

Harry lost his honorary military titles after deciding to step down as a senior working royal.

Heathrow arrivals face six-hour queues caused by Covid checks

Travellers arriving at Heathrow are being forced to queue for up to six hours to pass through immigration controls, an airport executive said.

Chief solutions officer Chris Garton told MPs that “the situation is becoming untenable” and the police have been forced to step in.

Giving evidence to the Commons Transport Select Committee, he explained that wait times in recent days have typically been “well in excess of two hours and up to six hours”.

Cameron says he will ‘respond positively’ to MPs’ lobbying inquiry

David Cameron has said he intends to respond “positively” to any request to give evidence to any of the inquiries taking place into the Greensill affair.

Following the announcement that the Commons Treasury Committee is to hold an inquiry into the firm’s collapse, a spokesman for Mr Cameron said the former prime minister was keen to ensure “lessons are learned”.

Mr Cameron has insisted he did not break any rules but acknowledged there were “lessons to be learned” and that, as a former PM, any contacts with government should be through the “most formal channels”.

Biden: It is time to end America’s longest war

US President Joe Biden confirmed he will withdraw remaining US troops from the “forever war” in Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks this year.

He said the attacks, which were co-ordinated from Afghanistan, “cannot explain” why American forces should still be there 20 years later.

The US cannot continue to pour resources into an intractable war and expect different results, Mr Biden said.

The drawdown would begin rather than conclude by May 1, which has been the deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year.

MasterChef winner: Tom Rhodes crowned champion

Tom Rhodes has been crowned champion of BBC MasterChef.

The amateur chef said he plans to “seize this opportunity” presented to him by the competition.

The 31-year-old Nando’s front of house restaurant manager said winning MasterChef is a “dream come true”.

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