(18 May 2012) Britain has come under criticism for inviting the king of Bahrain, whose Gulf state has been engaged in a brutal crackdown on political dissent, to a lunch on Friday celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
The lunch in Windsor Castle was the largest gathering of foreign royals in Britain since Queen Elizabeth II's grandson, Prince William, was married to Kate Middleton last year.
Then, as now, the decision to extend an invitation to members of the Bahraini royal family has angered whose who are upset by the deadly violence deployed against demonstrators since protests erupted in the Gulf state.
Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa eventually skipped the royal wedding, saying he didn't want the controversy to tarnish the couple's happy day.
But on Friday Buckingham Palace confirmed that his father, King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, attended the queen's lunch, along with some 45 other royal guests from around the world.
The Foreign Office, which advised Buckingham Palace on the invitations, said that Britain's ties to Bahrain allowed UK officials to talk frankly with the strategic island nation's rulers about "a range of issues including those where we have concerns."
Al Khalifa wasn't the only controversial guest dining at Windsor Castle.
Swaziland's King Mswati III, who is accused of living in luxury while his people go hungry, also attended the lunch.
Other guests included Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan; the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and Saudi Arabia's Prince Mohammed bin Nawwaf bin Abdulaziz al Saud.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry also attended the lunch.
The Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of Elizabeth's reign as Britain's monarch.
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Bello ai lati della Regina ci sono rispettivamente gli ex Ré di Romania e Bulgaria, entrambe sono gli ultimi capi di Stato in vita della II Guerra Mondiale. Al giorno d'oggi , dopo la prematura scomparsa di Ré Michele di Romania , rimane solamente Ré Simeone di Bulgaria. Speriamo che in Bulgaria si restauri la Monarchia.
Murray Aronson and the UK remains a global power. The Queen does not bow to anyone even though you're an Emperor. Technically she has a bigger kingdom or should I say the Commonwealth Realms as she is Queen over 15 other countries other than the UK. Plus she has ruled or haas been in the throne longer than HIM.
I don't know if Queen Elizabeth is supposed to bow before someone styled Emperor, but Japan is a major power; all the others are powers of lesser rank, even though some of them are wealthy e.g. the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Kuwait, with either lots of capital or oil.
stvh B He may be styled Emperor but the the Emperor of Japan is neither a head of state or government, just the symbol of the state. Queen is still Monarch of 16 countries and figurehead of 53 more. So yeah. She is considered senior to most royal families.
They just follow anything USA orders them. If i want to be friends with someone, i have the right to be friends with anyone i wish. No one can tell me who i can be friends with or who i cannot be friends with...
awwww, it is nice to see these royals still doing
lunch and meeting stuff, it is something that rarely noticed by most of the people, cause some of us think monarchs and the royal things are just irrelevant our current world
Tonga, Queen mother of Willem of the Netherlands, Grand dude of Luxembourg, the emperors of Japan, the emir of Qatar and his wife, the exiled king of Greece and his wife, the saudi princes, the princesses of Morocco; in the waiting room I see the princess of Monaco and the queen of Denmark.
Here they all are hanging out with other corrupted sodomites. The Queen is a disgraceful, powerless, cowardly *SODOMITE* who has wrecked Britain along with the sissified, faggot government. One of their latest crimes being the claim of "legalisation" of fag marriage, in total conflict and contrast to the same Church they supposedly represent! Clowns.
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