Sunday, 1 May 2011

Royal Revenge.

Excellent article in today's Independent on Sunday where John Rentoul discusses whether Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's absence from the guest list of the Royal Wedding was a right old royal snub and a touch of revenge following publication of Tony Blair's memoirs.

I would definitely agree with Rentoul that this was a snub rather than the weak palace response that they had to draw a line somewhere and that this was a private wedding rather a state wedding where ex Prime Ministers would have been invited. I don't think the most ardent monarchist would say that Kate and William's wedding was a private affair.

The Palace spokesperson then goes on to say that only Knights of the Garter and Knights of the Thistle were invited and of the Knights and Ladies of the Garter are non other than Baroness Thatcher and Sir John Major but no Blair or Brown despite there being two vacancies in the Order of the Garter. The Order of the Thistle on the other hand is specifically for the Scottish great and the good. Incidentally and please note, there is no Order of the Daffodil or the Leek but there is ONE Welsh Politician who is a Knight of the Garter, Lord Morris of Aberafon which just goes to show that the Palace still look upon Wales as an appendage of England.

Knights, Companions and Ladies of the Garter are not selected as political patronage but rather by the Sovereign personally, with or without reference to the Government. This would indicate that the absence of Brown and Blair at the wedding and in the Order of the Garter was probably a snub by the Sovereign herself which brings into question the political impartiality of the British Monarchy and as John Rentoul himself said,
"Who, then, should take responsibility...that the Royal Family corporately, led by the Queen, "held no torch" for him, seems the most likely reason. They are not exactly Labour – a lack of sympathy that may well be shared by the Middleton family."


Anonymous said...

Its a shame Plaid in Wrecsam can't take a leaf out of the mad Lord of Meirionnydd who I understand attended the royal wedding and thoroughly enjoyed this true British occassion.

glynbeddau said...

Theres an excellent piece on this on
Its well worth a visit ,

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Anonymous - You are confused! As in every political party there are monarchists and Republicans. This is not a party political thing its an individual things, Plaid Cymru have no policy on the British Monarchy. My views on the monarchy are purely personal as are Dafydd Elis Thomas's.

Anonymous said...

Anon 23.49
What relevance has your comment to the post?