The Papers: 'King's strength' and 'agonising A&E waits'

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Many of Monday's papers focus on King Charles's first major public appearance since being diagnosed with cancer - after he was seen at the Easter Sunday service in Windsor. The Daily Mirror praises the monarch's "show of strength" and quotes a source as saying he has "responded to treatment very encouragingly".

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"Return of the King" is the Sun's headline, alongside an image of him waving at well-wishers outside St George's Chapel. The paper says the King's outing "gave the nation an Easter boost" following the news that his daughter-in-law Catherine, Princess of Wales is also undergoing cancer treatment.

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The Daily Express leads on the King telling crowds in Windsor "I'm doing my best" when people shouted "get well soon" at him. An image shows the monarch shaking hands with a young boy, despite the paper saying it's "understood" he had previously been "advised by doctors to minimalize close contact" with others. There's also a headline about A&E waits in England "killing 250 patients a week" - something other papers dive deeper into.

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Beside another image of the King greeting crowds in Windsor sits the the Daily Mail's lead story - the findings of a study by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) which reportedly show that hundreds of "needless deaths" occurred ever week last year in England due to "agonising" wait times at A&E. More than a million patients waited 12 hours or more for a bed, the Mail reports, adding that RCEM estimates "one in 72 of those patients will have died".

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The new figures "add to concerns about the state of the NHS" is the Times's take - with a quote from RCEM's president Adrian Boyle saying "this is a fixable problem". Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has made cutting NHS wait times one of his five priorities, the paper writes, but in February he admitted that "performances in A&E and on ambulance waiting times were 'not good enough' and.... the government had 'not made enough progress'".

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The Daily Telegraph's report says there's a "direct correlation between delays and mortality rates" and "patients are being subjected to avoidable harm". But the paper's main story for Monday comes on the back of analysis it says it has carried out - suggesting more than three-quarters of England's second home owners "are set to be charged double council tax next year". The government is yet to release guidance on how the levy will work, the Telegraph writes.

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Trouble at Thames Water leads the Financial Times once again, with the business paper citing "people familiar with the matter" as saying the utility company's owners are in "urgent restructuring talks" to avoid entering insolvency "within weeks". There is also a report on US companies "rushing" to meet their financing needs in an apparent bid to get ahead of "potential market volatility" during the presidential race, scheduled to take place later this year.

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The i has an exclusive report on the prime minister's flagship promise to "stop the boats", with sources telling the paper plans have stalled because ministers - including Home Secretary James Cleverly - cannot decide how parts of the Illegal Migration Bill should be implemented. Elsewhere, the paper says No 10 refused to rule out a summer election when asked on Sunday. There's also a look at the weekend's football, with Liverpool FC now leading the Premier League table - having beat Brighton - after rivals Manchester City and Arsenal drew.

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"Stalemate at City as [winger Mo] Salah sends Liverpool top" is how the Guardian describes the Premier League results. Its main story is another political exclusive - about the government's plan to abolish the non-dom tax status. Shadow financial secretary James Murray tells the paper that the policy - announced in last month's Budget - is full of "loopholes worth hundreds of millions" which will benefit the wealthiest people in the country. A Treasury spokesperson told the paper it plans to "abolish the current tax system for non-doms and replace it with a modern, simpler and fairer residency-based system".

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The Daily Star sums up the football with the headline "Easter Sundiaz", a reference to Liverpool winger Luis Diaz who scored one of the team's two goals on Sunday. Elsewhere, the paper carries claims by Elvis Presley's stepbrother that the singer - who died in 1977 - is "haunting" a Las Vegas hotel. Presley "hasn't left [the] building", the paper quips.

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