Controversy over Jubilee lunch

The Queen shook the hand of the King of Bahrain at her Jubilee lunch for foreign monarchs at Windsor Castle. His invitation attracted criticism because of alleged human rights abuses in Bahrain.

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'Unwelcome air of controversy' over Jubilee celebrations

by - Royal Correspondent

This was supposed to be one of the most glittering events at the Diamond Jubilee. Instead it has cast a rather unfortunate shadow of controversy over the celebrations. It's a gathering of 62 members of various royal families from this country and from across the world.

The King of Bahrain arrives at the Jubilee lunch
The King of Bahrain arrives at the Jubilee lunch Credit: PA

The focus of course is on the King of Bahrain who has been condemned by his opponents for abuses of human rights. And he was among the royal dignatories who arrived this morning and was met by the Queen and her son Prince Andrew.

And he's not the only controversial monarch who is here. Another one is King Mswati of Swaziland, a man who is accused of living a 'lavish lifestyle' while people face starvation in his own country. So it has injected a very unwelcome air of controversy in the celebrations.


Buckingham Palace: 'We do not want to exclude anyone at Jubilee lunch'

by ITV News Royal Producer: Georgina Brewer
The Queen greets royal guests at Jubilee lunch
The Queen greets royal guests at Jubilee lunch Credit: ITV News

Buckingham Palace have said their approach was to invite all foreign sovereigns and not to exclude anyone at the Jubilee lunch.

I understand the King of Bahrain has met the Queen and Prince Andrew here at Windsor Castle. The King of Swaziland apparently kept the Queen waiting. Not the done thing.

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