Neither Gordon Brown nor Tony Blair has been invited to the Royal Wedding. The Palace has issued a statement saying that Lady Thatcher and Sir John Major have been invited because they were granted the Order of the Garter. Because they are Scots, Brown and Blair would not be entitled to the Order of the Garter, but would be entitled to the Scots equivalent, the Order of the Thistle. However neither ex-premier has been granted this honour.
When Tony Blair’s memoirs were published he committed the social solecism of discussing private conversations with the Queen. Her Majesty was not amused. At the time, it was made plain that he had “deeply disappointed” our Queen. With his usual show boating and egocentricity, Mr. Blair made the disgraceful error of discussing the painful series of events surrounding the death of Princess Diana. He also unpardonably described the Queen as “haughty”.
Through Hugo Vickers, it was made plain that Mr. Blair’s chances of being favoured with the Order of the Thistle had dropped alarmingly. The Queen’s cousin, Lady Elizabeth Anson, said she was sure the 84-year-old monarch would be “disappointed” at Blair’s decision to breach Royal protocol by revealing personal conversations in the Queen’s home.” That’s putting it mildly. Details of other appalling gaffes perpetrated by Mr. Blair are described here.
As for Gordon Brown, he ruined the economy of this country, not something anyone wants to be reminded of at a happy wedding party. In addition, he is such a huge downer, he can be relied upon to cast a blight on any social occasion.
Gordon gives the impression he hates it when anyone enjoys themselves. He seems to think Boris Johnson is a decadent, reprobate rascal unfit to wear a kilt! We can imagine Gordon’s train of thought. “What is he always so bloody happy about? People are bigots, to be avoided. It is best to meet only those who have been through twenty screenings.”
The Order of the Garter is awarded for chivalry, a quality that is conspicuously lacking certainly in Tony Blair’s behaviour towards the monarch. This honour was awarded to Lady Thatcher five years after she left office, in 1995, and to Sir John 8 years after he left office. As for Gordon, the damage he has done to the UK can never be forgiven or forgotten . He is lucky to escape merely with the witholding of an honour, however emminent that honour is.
UPDATE: Another article in the Daily Telegraph suggests that it is Prince William, rather than the Queen, who has banned Tony Blair from the Royal Wedding. This unprecedented snub arose because apparently Prince William was deeply upset at the way Tony Blair behaved at the time of the death of the Prince’s mother. The Daily Telegraph reports: “William cannot stand Tony Blair, whom he blames for making political capital out of the death of his mother – “the People’s Princess”, as Blair’s spin doctors dubbed her within hours of her death.
The Prince has a long memory and a capacity for cold fury. We catch a glimpse of it in the section of Blair’s memoirs relating to the week after Diana’s death: “I had also spoken to William who was not only still grieving but angry. He knew, rationally, why the week between Diana’s death and the funeral had to be as it had been. But he felt acutely the conflict between public position and private emotion.”
According to this article, Gordon Brown and his wife are the inadvertant victims of this action, because to invite Gordon would have necessitated inviting Tony Blair.
UPDATE, 3rd May 2011: On a SKY debate today, historian David Starkey confirmed that Tony Blair was refused an invitation to the Royal Wedding specifically because Prince William deeply dislikes the ex-Labour premier. Read a report of the debate here. A twitter survey reveals that over 70% support the monarchy.