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Scotland’s papers: Queen gets party started, and summer chaos warning

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Not surprisingly, most of the front pages are dedicated to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The Herald stands out with its cover portrait of a young Elizabeth II on her coronation day 70 years ago.

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The rest of the papers cover the start of the bank holiday weekend events, including the Trooping The Colour parade and balcony appearance from the Queen and working members of the Royal Family. “The One Show” headline in the Scottish Sun sums up the mood that the focus was on the Queen – closely followed by Prince Louis.

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The Times captured the “beaming” Queen as she smiled during the royal fly-past at Buckingham Palace. The paper reports that although she appeared on top form to get the weekend off to a start, the effort of the day proved too much “discomfort” from mobility issues and this has prevented her from attending the Thanksgiving Service in St Paul’s Cathedral later.

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The Scottish Daily Mail explores the reception the Queen received from the thousands of people who lined the streets around the palace. It describes “spontaneous cheers” for the Queen across The Mall to mark her reign. Cheeky Prince Louis makes it on to this front page too, as he covered his ears to shut out the sound of the military fly-past.

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The i newspaper simply calls the Queen “history maker” in its front page, alluding to the unique achievement of reaching 70 years on the throne. The paper focuses on the transfer of power to her heirs and also reports the news that the thanksgiving service at St Paul’s will be without its star guest.

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Louis, the “prince of wails” also makes it to the cover of The Daily Telegraph, which describes day one of the festivities as “glorious”. Columnist Alison Pearson notes that the Queen “has never let us down during her incredible 70 years” and says this celebration with her family was no exception.

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“Incredible” is the Scottish Daily Express headline, to a story that describes “rapturous” crowds and a “teary” Prince Charles taking in his mother’s joy at seeing tens of thousands of people turn out to support her.

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The Daily Record pictures the Jubilee balcony moment but leads on a “summer of chaos” represented by a burst beach ball. It reports claims by a union that Scottish airports are suffering chronic staff shortages leaving passengers open to disruption. Unite tells the paper delays are set to get worse as the summer progresses.

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The travel scenario is the Daily Star’s top story too, with the headline “nut cases” as it says holidaymakers have been urged to dump hold baggage and travel with cabin luggage to avoid waiting at airports.

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The P&J also leads with a travel horror story – a pensioner describing his 40-hour flight delay from Cyprus. Frederick Garden, who is 81, had his flight home delayed and then cancelled with a three-hour wait on the aircraft before being disembarked. A coach trip from Manchester to Aberdeen rounded off his ordeal.

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The Scotsman reveals a six-figure payout to a victim of abuse at Fettes College. It reports that Scotland’s most expensive private school has paid £400,000 in damages to a former pupil who has given evidence to the Scottish Child abuse Inquiry. The man – known only as “Frank” – said he was beaten and sexually assaulted by an ex-maths teacher.

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The Glasgow Times leads with an incident on Thursday at the Polmadie recycling plant, when a suspicious device turned out to be a replica grenade. The plant was locked down for several hours after the item was found on a conveyor belt.

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The latest developments in a row over strip clubs is the lead in the Edinburgh Evening News. The story says sex workers affected by the city council ban are raising money for a legal challenge against the decision.

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The Aberdeen Evening Express says a helpline has been set up for concerned parents and pupils after a teacher was convicted for having indecent images.

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In a similar but separate story, the Evening Telegraph reports from court on the conviction of a man with more than 400 child abuse images. Detectives found that 51-year-old John Swanson had downloaded indecent photographs on Christmas Day 2018.

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The main story in The Courier is about a couple in Longforgan who have been waiting for the local council to repair their storm-damaged property for six months. Margaret and Ian Anderson’s home is close to the busy A90 and after storms damaged fencing and a hedge they fear their home is wide open to cars from the road.

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And Scottish Olympian Kieron Achara tells The National that £20m earmarked for a second independence referendum is offering people “hope”.

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