LONDON – UK wedding invitation list has sparked controversy after the king and pengeran from countries with records of human rights (human rights) that bad been invited, but two former British prime minister was not even invited.
Human rights groups criticized the Prince William and Kate Middleton by inviting foreign prince of Bahrain, Swaziland, and other countries whose governments have been suppressing pro-democracy activists in recent weeks. British media also questioned the former prime minister Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are not listed in the invitation list that was announced last Saturday that, while former Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher and John Major invited.
“The Labour Party MPs will not be alone in thinking about the strangeness of the two former occupants (Downing Street) Number 10 was not invited to perkawainan it,” commented the Sunday Telegraph, on Monday (4/25/2011).
Some royal officials said Blair, who ruled in 1997-2007, and Brown, who ruled 2007-2010, was not invited because it is not like Major and Thatcher, they are not a recipient of the Knights of the Garter, Britain’s highest award.
Palace of St. James, William’s office, said the marriage was “not a state occasion, so there’s no reason why they (Blair and Brown) must be invited”, reports the Sunday Telegraph. Major, prime minister of England in 1990-1997 and acted as a protector of Princes William and Harry after the death of their mother Diana, will be present, but Thatcher, dubbed the “Iron Lady” who ruled in 1979-1990, refused to attend for health reasons.
Guest invitations are also a bit controversial in marriage at Westminster Abbey this Friday include footballer David Beckham and fashion designer wife, Victoria; musician Elton John, and actor “Mr. Bean” Rowan Atkinson.
However, great controversy arises when royal officials announced that Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain will also be present. Reports earlier said the Gulf state authorities would not be present in order to avoid embarrassment after a bloody crackdown against protesters in the country which left at least 24 people were killed.
Campaign antimonarki Republic criticized the inclusion of the king, not only from Bahrain, but also Saudi Arabia, Oman, Brunei, Qatar, Swaziland, Lesotho, Bhutan and Kuwait in the list of invited guests. “The guest list that reads like ‘what or whom’ the tyrants and their cronies,” said Graham Smith’s Republican leaders.
Pengampanye gay rights, Peter Tatchell, said the invitation to the “cruel ruler of the kingdom” of Bahrain, Swaziland, and Saudi Arabia is “a very large assessment errors.”
Palace of St. James said they had asked for advice from the Foreign Office about the guests from abroad. “It comes from the Queen’s invitation to follow a long-held tradition to invite other nations crown, we have received advice from the Foreign Ministry about their income (the guests) on the list,” said a spokesman.