A previous soldier has been reunited with his support horse – who aided him guard the Queen – much more than a 10 years soon after he retired from the British Army.
Ezphia Rennock, 35, from Preston, Lancashire, put in seven years with Agricola as portion of Her Majesty’s own safety detail.
Their most important duty in the House Cavalry Blues and Royals was guarding Buckingham Palace, but they also guarded the monarch in the course of any formal royal function.
He said: “Essentially, every time there is a royal event the Queen really pretty much delivers all the Kings’ horses and all the King’s guys.
“With each other we covered the Queen Mother’s funeral, Princess Margaret’s funeral – and we ended up section of the Royal Escort – we secured any royals from other nations around the world who visited.
“Just after I retired, Agricola followed Prince William and Duchess Kate on their wedding day working day.”
The father-of-1 – who joined the Knightsbridge Barracks in 2000 – says when he returned to civilian lifetime seven decades later, he under no circumstances predicted to see his ideal buddy again, but he has now been able to adopt him.
He was told by his previous colleagues that Agricola was retiring and staying place up for auction.
He was desperate to personal him, so he enclosed a own letter with his £1,000 bid – which was not the optimum – describing his heritage with the animal.
Mr Rennock mentioned: “They called me quickly to convey to me to come and select him up.
“They explained there was no query about it – anyone experienced bid £5,000 – but Agricola would go to me.
“I turned up and the person in cost just looked at me and grinned and stated: “He is right here for Aggy”.
He claims it was an psychological reunion: “He recognised me promptly, it seems odd but it was as if I hadn’t ever left.
“It introduced back again so lots of fond reminiscences of our time together and now we can make even a lot more of them.”
When he first commenced his occupation, he was paired with Agricola – who he described as “a proper troublemaker” – claiming he was the only a person who could handle him.
He said he would typically “throw people off all the time” – and called him “cheeky and naughty”, but that he was a “great guard horse” so he persevered and they bonded.
“I utilised to sit with him each working day and inform him that a single day following retiring I would arrive back again and undertake him so we could be collectively as soon as we had finished our services.
“I loved all of the horses, but Agricola was exclusive.”
Airlines have been accused of exploiting the collapse of Thomas Cook, after customers noticed that prices for flights on the travel company’s former routes have risen sharply.
Posting on social media, one customer pointed out a Jet2.com holiday in Cyprus had increased in cost by £800 between 7.30am and 11.30am on Monday.
Another Twitter user accused Jet2 of “taking the p*** because of Thomas Cook”, after noticing a holiday he planned to book had increased by £248.
And a woman who booked a Thomas Cook flight for £215 last week – when a Jet2.com flight on the same route was £284 – said that flight had now risen to £511 because of “price gouging”.
Price gouging is where a seller raises the prices of goods or services to an unreasonable or unfair level, often as a result of a sudden increase in demand and shortage of that good or service.
A spokeswoman for Jet2.com said: “Our pricing, as is common practice in the travel industry, is based on the principle of supply and demand.
“As supply reduces, an inevitable consequence is that prices increase. However, we are looking at adding more supply (flights and seats) to help customers at this time.”
More examples were found by The Sun, which saw a return flight with TUI between Glasgow and Gran Canaria that has nearly doubled, from £320 to £620, which the company say is a result of their dynamic pricing model.
A British Airways (BA) flight from London to Orlando that cost £437 before Thomas Cook’s collapse has now soared to £1,978 – a price rise of more than 400%.
BA have also said that flight prices are a result of supply and demand and have denied targeting customers of Thomas Cook.
The anger comes as it was revealed that bosses of the former company received multi-million pound sums prior to dropping into administration.
The conduct of directors will be scrutinised as Insolvency Services fast-tracks an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the company going under, amid reports bosses received up to £50m in bonuses in the years before the collapse.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), 14,700 people were repatriated to the UK on the first day of the firm’s collapse, which accounted for more than 95% of people who were originally due back home on Monday.
The CAA said that in order for people to continue their holidays, they will be brought back to the UK on the same day they were due to depart.
The company’s collapse ruined people’s holidays and even weddings, with one groom named Thomas Cook left stranded in Rhodes with his fiancee.
Some 150,000 tourists will be brought home over the next two weeks in a flight programme costing £100m.
Richard Moriarty, chief executive of the CAA, said the government had asked his organisation to launch “the UK’s largest ever peacetime repatriation”, which includes 45 aircraft from as far away as Malaysia.
The planes have been chartered to operate approximately 1,000 flights from 53 airports in 18 countries over the next two weeks.
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Boris Johnson visited staff at the British consulate in New York City, who are working to bring stranded travellers home.
“It’s a tough time for those who have had holidays disrupted but team hard at work to support them,” he tweeted.
“Thanks to all the staff who represent our country so well.”
Earlier in the day, Mr Johnson questioned whether directors should pay themselves “large sums of money” as their businesses go “down the tubes”.
Speaking to reporters in New York, the prime minister said: “How can we make sure that tour operators take proper precautions with their business models where you don’t end up with a situation where the taxpayer, the state, is having to step in and bring people home?
“I have questions for one about whether it’s right that the directors, or whoever, the board, should pay themselves large sums when businesses can go down the tubes like that.”
Liquidators will now see if any money can be found to hand back to staff and creditors.
The travel agent had about 550 high street locations across the UK, however, it leased its planes, rented its shops and acted as a broker with third-party hotels and cruise ships, meaning it has minimal assets.
One of the world’s oldest and largest travel companies, Thomas Cook had been trading for 178 years – having been established in 1841.
As of this year, the group employed 21,000 people in 16 countries, operated 105 aircraft and 200 own-brand hotels and resorts.
Thomas Cook customers are advised to visit the CAA’s dedicated website, thomascook.caa.co.uk, for more information about what they should do next.
Watch the half-hour special Thomas Cook: The Last Flight on the demise of the travel firm at 8.30pm on Sky News.
By Sam Coates, deputy political editor, in New York
Boris Johnson has warned not to assume a “New York breakthrough” on Brexit as he landed in the United States in advance of two days of discussions with earth leaders.
The key minister will meet France’s Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Angela Merkel for a three-way dialogue about topics which includes Brexit and Iran, as he queries for a way of securing a deal right before the end of following thirty day period.
He will also meet Leo Varadkar, the Irish prime minister, in the margins of the UN Normal Assembly, nevertheless considerably of the work will concentrate on climate adjust and Iran.
Mr Johnson landed on Sunday evening, as he waits to listen to the outcome of a Supreme Courtroom situation into regardless of whether his selection to prorogue, or deliver absent, MPs for five months was lawful.
Speaking to reporters on the airplane, the prime minister performed down the likelihood of the discussions transforming the condition.
“There will be conversations. I would caution you all not to feel that this will be the second – New York – it could possibly be, but I will not desire to elevate the perception that there will be a New York breakthrough. I’m not likely to be pessimistic, we are going to be pushing in advance but there is nevertheless get the job done to be performed.”
Pressed on where the Friday night rejection of his proposals by Brussels had still left him, Mr Johnson stated: “I assume that a terrific deal of progress has been designed in the sense that, you know, imagine about when I 1st turned PM, anyone was stating there was no opportunity of altering the present arrangement, and I believe that no one is declaring that.”
He said the arrangement on the table desired to alter, even while Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Fee, told Sky Information this 7 days that he would not take the re-opening of the withdrawal agreement.
The prime minister mentioned: “Everybody can see in purchase to get a deal we will need to alter the existing agreement. You are going to also have listened to colleagues all-around the EU say they no longer have an attachment to the backstop – which is really encouraging.”
He went on: “Nonetheless, there are evidently continue to gaps and even now challenges. What we are operating for – and we can see the way to do it – is a remedy that permits the Uk and the EU to respect the rules of the solitary industry, to make it possible for an open up border on Northern Eire, to regard achievements of the Northern Ireland peace system but also to enable the entire of the British isles to appear out of the EU.
“And there is a way to do that. I assume colleagues all over the desk in Brussels can see how we may get that. What it will acquire is political will to get that. I imagine it’s fair to say I’m still in same position I was – cautiously optimistic.”
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He also defended his choice to prorogue parliament.
He mentioned that parliament was only getting rid of 3 or 4 days of discussion when it had been debating Brexit for three decades and there would be an prospect for a further more Commons discussion immediately after the EU Council on 17 and 18 October.
Mr Johnson was also asked about Dominic Cummings, his controversial adviser, and regardless of whether he experienced full confidence in his steps and feedback. The key minister replied: “It can be the part of advisers to advise… and ministers to determine.”