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Sunday, April 29, 2012

King of Bahrain is invited to lunch with the Queen

The King of Bahrain has given the Queen a political headache by accepting her invitation to attend her Diamond Jubilee lunch at Windsor Castle next month.

The decision will anger human rights groups opposed to his bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

As a matter of royal protocol, the Queen was obliged to invite the king, along with other crowned heads from around the world, to her celebratory lunch on May 18, as revealed by The Mail on Sunday three weeks ago.

While some may have hoped the king, Sheikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, would decline the invitation to spare the Queen embarrassment, sources have now confirmed that he has formally accepted.

It is also understood the king has been invited to a champagne dinner to be hosted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace that evening.

The news will be heavily criticised by human rights activists as well as MPs who are appalled at the Gulf state’s brutal crackdown on the pro-democracy demonstrations, which has seen live bullets and tear gas used by riot police. Read More