Very ‘odd’ (?): No Royal invites for Blair, Brown … or Obama

By Zach Roth, Yahoo! news

Tue, Apr 26, 2011 2:55 PM GMT+00:00

Didn't get an invitation to Friday's big event? Well, don't feel too bad--you're in pretty good company.

In a snub that's raised some eyebrows in Britain, neither of the country's two most recent former prime ministers received an invite. Also left out are President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.

There's no place for either Tony Blair or Gordon Brown among the 1,900-member congregation, even though the other two living former British leaders, Baroness Margaret Thatcher and Sir John Major, were invited. (Thatcher, 85, has declined, citing her health, but Major will be there.) Adding to the awkwardness, when Prince Charles and Lady Diana were married in 1981, all surviving prime ministers attended.

I am so laughing out loud.

Perhaps you should have not given the Queen a shopping bag from the airport...

Diplomatic jaws dropped across the continent yesterday when it was revealed that U.S. President Barack Obama had, once again, fumbled a routine protocal of international statecraft: finding the right gift for a foreign leader or head of state. In a private ceremony with Queen Elizabeth, Her Royal Highness bequeathed to the Obamas one of the earliest known copies of William Shakespeare’s Henry V. She also presented him with the framed orginal sheet music of John Newton’s “Amazing Grace.” To the Obama daughters, the Queen gave a dollhouse-sized replica of Windsor Castle with a functioning train station in the year of the compound. They also received a prize Shetland pony. Mrs. Obama was given a ruby ring commissioned and worn by Queen Victoria.

The Obamas, unfortunately, did not seem prepared for the occasion despite the row set off by the exchange of gifts between Prime Minister Brown and the U.S. President barely a month ago. Mr. Obama rather unceremoniously handed the Queen a shopping bag from the Duty Free shop at Heathrow airport. It contained a signed paperback copy of Dreams of My Father, purchased at the WH Smith shop at the airport, a bottle of Johnny Walker Scotch (black label), a CD of the Swedish band ABBA’s greatest hits (still in shrink wrap with a 2-for-1 sticker on it) and ten bags of M&Ms with the presidential seal on them.

The Queen responded in a rather flat: “How delightful.”
from Jonah Goldberg.

Not since the Dauphin sent Henry V tennis balls could an insult have been more calculated.



Jacobitess said...


This has perked me up today. I hope Obama is snivelling in his room at this snub (and I've no doubt he is:).

Brantigny said...

In other news, Hubert "Hub" Schlafly the inventor of the teleprompter died yesterday in Califonia. A moment of silence was held in the White House. President Obama was speechless.

Elisa said...

I've read the French President wasn't invited either! Not every European royals were invited either.

My dad and I watched a little bit of the wedding--the car procession to the church and the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's arrival.

Brantigny said...

My wife woke me up before my alarm went oof thoa nnouce that she had just creamed a deer. So I got up early and turned on the news to SEE the vows being exchanged.

For a country which is deterined to be a republic, there sure is a lot of coverage about a royal family from a country we broke away from in 1783.

Deep down in the recesses of the American mind we know that God's plan is for a monar