Responding to criticism about its decision to allow the King of Bahrain to attend the Queen's Jubilee lunch, a Foreign Office spokesman said that maintaining a close relationship with Bahrain allowed it to "have a full and frank discussion on a range of issues". He continued:
On human rights we support the reforms already under way in Bahrain and we want to help promote that reform. We have consistently encouraged the Bahraini Government to take further urgent steps to implement in full the recommendations of the Independent Commission of Inquiry as the his majesty the King has committed to doing. This includes bringing to account those individuals responsible for human rights abuses.
Twice baked souffle, line caught sea bass and Duchy of Cornwall veg on the menu for monarchs at sovereign dinner at Buckingham Palace
The Queen is holding a lunch for monarchs from around the world celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, but some of her guests are raising eyebrows
Queen Sophia of Spain will not be attending Friday's Diamond Jubilee lunch after being ordered by her government to reject the invite.