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If it's not a state occasion how come we are being given a public holiday ? As you say Gracie it stinks. 2 former conservative PMs invited, smell of camoron all over this.
The queen is very good on very small detail and think she is unaware at this time On the list is The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi / The Emir of The State of Qatar and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Princess Fadwa bint Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman which i thought to be in poor judgement as their human rights record is none to good and i know they are friends of the queen but none the less she should over the years on a one to one friendship should have been able to get them to mend their ways I mean we here in this blog don't have thugs as friends so am slightly concerned that the queen has had a good friendship with them over many years doesn't make any sense to me
Hi Fourbanks and Peter, the more I think of this the stranger it seems, something has gone on here and it is more political that royal! As you say Fourbanks the queen is good on detail, I do not buy that silly statement from St James's palace either, someone is covering for something or someone.Exactly so Peter, it is a state occasion and if it isn't then why is the taxpayer footing the huge multi-million pound security bill?I do hope one of the nationals contacts Downing Street and asks them directly if this was Cameron's doing. I feel almost certain he would have been given the task of compiling the political guest list, this is a massive snub and I do not see the queen or the prince being involved, even though the Telegraph has tried to make it look like it is Prince William's wish, I do not thnk it is. None of it makes sense.
Like you, Gracie, this business really bothers me. I saw some tweets quite early on Sunday morning from Labour people who'd been out doorstepping for the elections - and people were telling them they were really shocked about Blair and Brown not getting invited. It may be that St James's Palace are telling the truth when they say only knights of the garter were being invited (hence Major and Thatcher's invites). However the Torygraph and the rest of the Tory press pack were mad keen to interpret it as a snub. I had a look at the comments to the Torygraph story, which was a mistake - such a lot of nasty bile about B & B - not much sweetness and light from them on Easter Sunday! I really wish the palace could clarify this matter. Like you say, the Queen is non-partisan and fair-minded, and it seems unlikely that she would sanction this. Likewise William, very much his mother's son and influenced by her, and she was close to Blair. Also, William neglected to inform Number 10 in advance about his engagement to Kate which seems to indicate that his relationship with them isn't that great. William is also privy to the cutbacks to the RAF that this govt is making, which he isn't impressed by.
By the by, the Queen's biographer, Ben Pimlott, has noted that the Queen has tended to get on better with her Labour PMs rather than with the Tories (although she got on well with Churchill). She was especially close to Wilson and his wife Mary. She couldn't bear Thatcher and made her stand during their meetings.As a young woman she had a tutor in constitutional affairs, who was a member of the Fabian Society!
I meant add, agree also with what you say about Camoron's petty and vindictive behaviour re blocking Gordon Brown's appointment with the IMF. It's purely because Dave knows that Brown would show up his shambolic govt and its woeful economic policies. Shameful doesn't even begin to cover it.
i don't think your right their nicky lady thatcher was made by the queen the order of knights of the garter of which there are only 24 and all personal friends of the queen so the queen must have got on well with her irrespective of what the press has said
Fourbanks I too am under the impression that the queen and Thatcher did not get on very well, in fact Thatcher once described herself as "Head of State", she was not of course, the queen is.When Princess Diana died the queen got herslef into difficulties by not realising how deeply her death would affect the nation. The queen stayed in Balmoral for a while and the flag on Buckingham palace was not even at half mast which angered many people, in actual fact royalty's popularity really shrunk rapidly at that time, it was Tony Blair who stepped in advised the queen and helped placate the country. There is something really odd about all of this, there have been a couple of further reports which have hinted ministers are not to blame but have noit come outright and said it and neither have the palace denied it. Whoever is at fault needs to admit it now, it will come out in the end it always does.I believe either the palace gave cameron the list to approve and they messed it up (as is the norm) or number 10 were supposed to draw up the domestic list of politicians and they did not add Blair or Brown. Whichever way it is it looks to be a deliberate decisions rather than accidental!
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