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[Published: Friday May 18 2012]

Controversy over Queen Elizabeth’s lunch for monarchs

London, 18 May – (ANA) - The King of Bahrain and Swaziland's King Mswati III are among controversial monarchs expected at a Windsor Castle lunch being hosted by the Queen.

Critics accuse Bahrain of human rights abuses and say Swazi king Mswati lives in luxury while his people go hungry. Campaigner Peter Tatchell criticised the Queen for inviting "royal tyrants to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee". The Foreign Office said it was having "a full and frank discussion on a range of issues" with Bahrain's government. Buckingham Palace said it would not comment on the lunch. It will be followed by an evening banquet, hosted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Not all the monarchs will be at both events. (ANA)

FA/ANA/18 May 2012-----------


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