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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MAY 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Misrepresentation of the royal wedding

Perhaps I’m pandering to an enemy from more than 200 years ago, but I found Beau Elliot’s framing of the guest list of the royal wedding to be ridiculous. Elliot gleefully emphasized that neither of the two Labour Prime Ministers Blair and Brown were invited, while missing the point that Sir John Major was only invited as the former guardian of the groom (after his mother died). The leader of the opposition in the House of Commons, Labour Leader Ed Miliband, was notably invited.

In addition, Elliot mentioned that President Barack Obama was not invited, while missing that Nicolas Sarkozy, the conservative French president, was not invited as well. The only heads of state of non-monarchy countries that were invited were other royal families from around the globe.

Every head of government in countries with a monarchy was invited, pointedly including Julia Gillard, the Liberal (and monarchy-opposed) Australian prime minister.

Had this been a formal state event — which it was not, given that Prince William is not the first in line for the throne — Presidents Obama, Sarkozy, and many others would have been invited.

I would last like to point out that the royal wedding is a break from news of negative events, which Elliot never fails to bring to our attention. Considering how much he hates all these negative happenings, shouldn’t a joyful event like a wedding bring him some happiness?

JohnPatrick Brown
UI freshman


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