Queen's Commonwealth lunch

The Queen is at a lunch with the Commonwealth heads of state to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. Protesters are outside demonstrating against the Sri Lankan president who is accused of presiding over human rights abuses.

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Hundreds protest Sri Lankan president's lunch with the Queen

Hundreds of Tamil protesters have gathered outside Marlborough House on Pall Mall in central London.

They oppose the presence of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa at a luncheon for Commonwealth leaders, which will be attended by the Queen.

Channel 4 News foreign affairs correspondent Jonathan Miller tweeted these photographs:

The president is accused of human rights abuses and war crimes during the Sri Lankan civil war. Credit: Jonathan Miller

The Guardian reports that Mr Rajapasksa cancelled a planned speech at the Commonwealth Economic Forum this morning amid fears of large demonstrations.

Some estimates had the number of protesters at over a thousand. Credit: Jonathan Miller

Wednesday's front pages

The culmination of four days of celebrations to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee dominates the front pages on Wednesday. Here's a selection:

  • The Telegraph: I have memories to treasure forever
  • The Independent: The party's over... One may out one's feet up
  • Daily Mail: A humbling experience
  • The Times: Thank you all
  • Daily Express: Thank you all: Queen's heartfelt jubilee message
  • Daily Star: One's had a great time

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