Queen sent complaint to Tony Blair after Parliament opening walk stunt ‘really upset’ her


THE Queen made an official complaint to the-then Labour Prime Minister, Tony Blair after a political stunt that “really upset”.

The documentary stated that when the Queen attends the State Opening of Parliament, “her presence is to remind politicians that the state is more powerful than they are”.

In 1997, Tony Blair and his wife decided to “shake things up”.

Speaking on ‘The Real Windsors’, political journalist Peter Oborne said: “They breached precedent.

“Instead of going unintrusively from Downing Street to Paliament, they walked amidst the crowds.

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The Queen sent a complaint to Tony Blair after the breach (Image: GETTY)

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Tony and his wife walking to the State Opening of Parliament in 1997 (Image: PA)

“So the attention wasn’t on the arrival of the Queen, it was on this very ostentatious walk that Blair and his wife [took].”

He added: “There’s no doubt that Blair and Alastair Campbell, his senior advisor, resented this focus on the monarch, they felt it was about them.”

Also speaking in the documentary was Alastair Campbell.

Mr Campbell claimed he “doesn’t even remember a discussion about whether to walk [or] not to walk”.

He added: “I remember it being a nice sunny day, and lots of people out on the streets so they walked, big deal.”

Mr Oborne added that the breach “really upset” Buckingham Palace.

He added: “So much so, that there was a complaint from Buckingham Palace that says ‘Please don’t do that again’, ‘you misunderstand the nature of the occasion'”.

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Tony Blair was the Queen’s 10th PM in her reign (Image: PA)

Tony Blair was the 10th Prime Minister in Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. The current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, is number 14.


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