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January 30, 2017

Over 1 Mil to Keep Trump FromThe Queen+Thousands Protest





Because the petition is reached 1million signatures the Parliament most debate it now




More than a million Britons want Donald Trump nowhere near the Queen of England — as long as his travel ban exists.
A petition on a Parliament website stops short of demanding a President Trump ban but a growing number of signatures want to prevent him from meeting the Royal Family during a proposed state visit slated for this year.

“He should not be invited to make an official State Visit because it would cause embarrassment to Her Majesty the Queen,” petitioner Graham Guest writes.
He says Trump’s “well documented misogyny and vulgarity” makes him unfit to “bask in the Queen’s reflective glory,” he told the Independent. The petition had already garnered enough votes for a floor debate and a response from Downing Street when it exploded in popularity, snagging more than a million votes as the world sneered at Trump’s executive order.

It is limited to UK residents but petition data shows at least 5,000 signatures pouring in from the United States and 26 from Iran, one of the seven predominantly Muslim countries slapped with travel restrictions on Friday.

UK officials said on Monday that the government would not turn away the President even as the Labor Party called on Prime Minister Theresa May to condemn Trump’s decree banning refugees and visa holders from the banned nations.

 May said Trump’s planned visit is “substantially in the national interest,” according to the Guardian.
 Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn urged May to reconsider her invite and join Germany and France in condemning Trump’s controversial travel restrictions.

“We will not back down, cancel state visit and condemn the #Muslimban,” Corbyn tweeted.
 Another member of Parliament, Ed Miliband, said he would seek to debate the White House order and “send out united message against this abhorrent policy.”
No date has been set for Trump’s UK trip.
Buckingham Palace did not immediately comment on the petition and Trump’s pending visit, according to local reports.

London’s first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, railed against a possible Trump visit for the U.S. government’s role in detaining more than a hundred foreigners and deporting a handful on Saturday.
“I am quite clear, this ban is cruel, this ban is shameful, while this ban is [in] place we should not be rolling out the red carpet for President Trump,” Khan told Sky News.

Nicole Hensley
NY Daily News

UPDATE:
It comes after Downing Street rejected calls to postpone Mr Trump's official visit to Britain after hundreds of thousands of people signed a petition calling for the trip to be cancelled.

A source has said that cancelling the trip would be "populist gesture" and "undo everything" achieved by Theresa May during her trip to the US last week. 

Mr Johnson accused Labour of "pointlessly demonising'" the Trump administration, adding: "It is totally right that the incoming President of our closest ally should be accorded the honour of a state visit". 
It comes as protests are planned across the UK against the controversial travel ban on refugees and people from seven mainly-Muslim countries.

Marches are scheduled in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Manchester, with former labour leader Ed Miliband and singer Lily Allen expected to address protesters in the capital.

Thousands are expected to descend on Downing Street at around 6pm on Monday in outrage at the US president's controversial ban. 

telegraph.co.uk



March 23, 2016

The Queen’s Guard Gay Sex Hazings are Investigated



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SOLDIERS Soldiers forced young recruits to rape each other in a vile besting initiation ceremony, it has been claimed.

The two soldiers serving at Pirbright Barracks in Surrey were allegedly forced to degrade themselves in front of more senior troops.

They had joined 2 Company and had completed seven months arduous training in Catterick, North Yorkshire.

Before watching a Wales v Uruguay World Cup rugby match, the men, aged 23 and 28, were told to get showered and come upstairs for some drinks.

Following the game, the good-natured atmosphere turned dark when older guardsmen brought in more alcohol.

The Sun on Sunday understands the new recruits were then pressured into removing their clothes as part of an initiation ceremony to the Queen's Guards.

The barracks is home to The Welsh Guards, part of the Household Division of soldiers who guard the Queen.

The pair were then allegedly made to carry out sex acts on each other. Soldiers gathered round them and filmed footage which was posted on WhatsApp and SnapChat.

A source told The Sun on Sunday that 2 Company is often known as 'The Gay Company', adding the footage was 'horrific' and was 'worse than anything I have ever known in the Army'.

'It was totally out of control and the older and more senior guys were obviously ordering them to do what they did,' they said.

‘The two guys must both have been terrified.             

'They had no choice in what they were doing, it was bullying at its absolute worst. People should be in jail for this.'

One of the men is set to be discharged by the Army because of psychiatric problems he has had since the ordeal.

The men who can't be identified because of legal reasons were bullied the next morning at breakfast as videos of the graphic episode spread round the barracks.

The footage is believed to have been sent to the Officers' Mess and one reported it to the victims' Regimental Sergeant Major.

An Army investigation was then launched and the Military Police were involved.

One soldier is reported to have been disciplined and five others punished.

Surrey Police is said to have opened an investigation but a spokesman has yet to confirm this.

Pirbright is close to Deepcut barracks which was embroiled in scandal when four recruits died over seven years in mystery shootings.

Private Cheryl James, 18, died at Deepcut in 1995 after completing a 10-week training course. Her death is being re-examined at an inquest.

An Army spokesman said: 'We can confirm an incident did take place and details were referred to the Royal Military Police for an initial investigation. No allegations of coercive or criminal behaviour were made.

'However this behaviour is unacceptable and administrative action was taken against those present, with disciplinary measures taken against one individual.'

March 10, 2016

Palace Staffers Vehemently Deny the Queen was Against Gay Marriage



                                                                       
Palace staffers are pushing back hard against a report that Elizabeth wasn’t pleased about legalizing same-sex marriage in Britain.

Senior sources at Buckingham Palace were pushing back hard Monday against claims that Queen Elizabeth was opposed to gay marriage when it was introduced in the U.K. in 2013.
The Mail makes the astonishing claim—which goes against Her Majesty’s reputation for tolerance and open-mindedness—in a new series penned by gossip columnist Richard Kay launching in the paper today.
The Mail claims that the queen did not approve of the legalization of same-sex marriage, and expressed her frustration to a friend at the height of the controversy.

The friend, according to The Mail, said: “It was the ‘marriage’ thing that she thought was wrong, because marriage ought to be sacrosanct between a man and a woman.”
However, sources at the palace poured cold water on those claims.
 “It seems unlikely that one of her friends would pass on her thoughts to The Mail,” sniffed one senior courtier to The Daily Beast.
Palace staff—many of whom are gay—are hamstrung by the fact that the queen maintains strict political neutrality and would never publicly comment either way about issues such as same-sex marriage.

However, one courtier did make an explicit—for them— denunciation of the claims by emailing The Daily Beast a link to a piece in Pink News in which the gay TV presenter and comedian Stephen Fry recounted the following story: “When the queen signed the Royal Assent for the Equal Marriages Act, allowing gay people to marry for the first time, she put it down and said ‘Well, who’d have thought 62 years ago when I came to the throne, I’d be signing something like this? Isn’t it wonderful?’”

Although Fry says the story is apocryphal, the fact that palace staffers were ready to email the story to an ink-stained wretch is a pretty clear sign that they consider The Mail’s report to be inaccurate, and a mischaracterization of the queen’s views.
“We’re not going to get into a did she / didn’t she,” said the source, but called the story “spurious and unsubstantiated.”

Queen Elizabeth has previously signaled her support for gay rights in very public ways.
She was a passionate supporter of a “Commonwealth Charter” signed in 2013 which declared: “We are implacably opposed to all forms of  discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, colour, creed, political belief, or other grounds.”
The ”other grounds” referred to sexuality—but specific reference to ”gays and lesbians” was omitted for fear of upsetting Commonwealth countries with draconian anti-gay laws.
The queen, unlike her son Charles, has studiously maintained an apolitical stance throughout her reign.

She appeared to intervene in the Scottish independence referendum when she told a group of well-wishers outside Sandringham church to “think very carefully about the future” the day before the vote.
 
It was reported that the queen was urged to speak after an appeal from Downing Street, as the Out campaign gained ground, but this allegation has never been proven or acknowledged.
There is little doubt that the queen was delighted with the result when the Scots voted not to leave the U.K.

Prime Minister David Cameron was caught on an open microphone telling Michael Bloomberg that she “purred” with happiness down the line when he phoned her with the result.

Daily Beast

September 23, 2015

Prince William defends LGBT Rights and makes History


                                                                      

Prince William made waves Tuesday after being the first of the British royal family to openly condemn homophobia and LGBT bullying. The prince took part in a seminar on bullying at Hammersmith Academy in London, England and made clear his stance on the subject of young students who are bullied by others for their sexual orientation.

“I would start on that side [comfort the victim and end up here [confront the bully],” William said, while referring to a chart that was used to describe approaches to combating bullying, the queer publication Pink News reported. The prince emphasized how he would confront bullying head-on if he encountered it. "I usually find myself right in the middle of problems, so that's pretty much where I'd be," William reportedly said.

The session at Hammersmith Academy was part of the work that William does with the Diana Award, a charity named for his late mother, Princess Diana of Wales, that seeks to end bullying in schools. The program is used in 3,000 schools and has been taught to 16,000 ambassadors.


The royal family has historically avoided talking about issues related to homosexuality and homophobia. Queen Elizabeth II, in particular, though outspoken in her condemnation of all forms of discrimination has been criticized for never explicitly supporting same-sex marriage in the United Kingdom. "We are implacably opposed to all forms of discrimination, whether rooted in gender, race, color, creed, political belief or other grounds," read a charter signed by the queen in 2013, as reported by the Guardian.

Same-sex marriage is legal in most of the U.K., except for in Northern Ireland. Many leaders from the Church of England as well as from the U.K. Parliament have criticized the 2013 passage of the law that allowed for gay marriage, and discrimination against gay people of all ages is still a problem in the U.K., according to locals.

“He hopes it will help de-stigmatize bullying issues in schools,” said a Kensington Palace spokesperson on William's support of anti-bullying initiatives, as reported by Pink News.

February 2, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Gay Rights Campaign Ignored by Prince William



                             

Benedict Cumberbatch’s gay rights campaign has appeared to have been snubbed by Prince William and Kate Middleton. The “Sherlock” star is one of the high-profile celebrities calling for the pardon of around 49,000 men who were prosecuted for their sexuality under the old gross indecency law, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge refused to sign the campaign.
Cumberbatch, who plays WWII codebreaker Alan Turing in the film “The Imitation Game,” has led a campaign seeking the pardon of the men prosecuted for being gay under the British “gross indecency” law. The petition was launched by Matthew Breen on Change.org, and has been endorsed by Cumberbatch and other artists and personalities, including actor Stephen Fry, civil rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, biologist Richard Dawkins, “The Imitation Game” director Morten Tyldum and Rachel Barnes, Turing’s niece.
As the petition cites as an example, Turing, who helped decrypt the Enigma code during the Second World War, was prosecuted for gross indecency in 1952. The then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued Turing an official apology on behalf of the British government in 2009. The mathematician was posthumously pardoned by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013, decades after he committed suicide in 1954.
There are an estimated 49,000 other men who were prosecuted for homosexuality as well, and they, too, deserve to be pardoned for the act that was considered a crime until it was repealed in part in 1967. Around 15,000 of those men are still alive.
“The UK’s homophobic laws made the lives of generations of gay and bisexual men intolerable,” the letter, obtained by the Guardian, states. “It is up to young leaders of today including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to acknowledge this mark on our history and not allow it to stand.”
But William and Catherine have apparently washed their hands of the issue. A spokesman for the royal couple said that the issue is a matter for government, and they therefore would not make a comment.
Upon his conviction of gross indecency in 1952, Turing was given a choice between imprisonment and probation. He chose probation, which was conditional on his undergoing of hormonal treatment that amounted to chemical castration. He committed suicide two years later.
 
                                                                         

April 6, 2014

The Queen’s Guard Points The Riffle Against a Civilian {He Might Have been Watching NYPD Shows}



A Queen's Guard pointed his rifle at a member of the public outside Buckingham Palace when an argument erupted with a police officer, it has emerged.

The soldier left his post to intervene when the man refused to stop shouting at the officer outside the palace gates on Friday.
A photograph published in The Sun on Sunday shows the guard pointing his bayonet-fixed rifle towards the man's face while stood next to the police officer.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Police were made aware of a disturbance at the North-Centre Gate of Buckingham Palace at approximately 5.50pm on Friday, April 4.
"Officers from Royalty Protection spoke to a man and he was given words of advice and there were no arrests."
The Queen's Guard is not believed to be facing any action over the incident.
An Army spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident outside Buckingham Palace on Friday and while no one came to any harm and there were no arrests, we are very clear that the Metropolitan Police lead on Royal Security arrangements including outside the Palace itself."
Buckingham Palace declined to comment.
The North-Centre Gate is now the everyday entrance to the Palace.
The Queen's Guard are a contingents of soldiers charged with guarding the Palace but carry a largely ceremonial role.
Earlier this year a man was jailed for 16 months after staging a stunt in which he jumped a vehicle barrier at the same Buckingham Palace entrance armed with a knife.
He was rugby tackled to the ground by armed police officers.
David Belmar, 44, said the incident in October was part of a protest against his Incapacity Benefit being stopped.

July 13, 2013

New Rule of Succession for British Monarchy


Gender will no longer be an issue for the baby of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
 under a new succession rule for the British monarchy.





June 9, 2013

Prince Harry Stepped in to Save Gay Soldier About To Be Killed









The third-in-line to the throne confronted the men and told them they would face severe discipline if they continued to make threats, he said.
Trooper Wharton describes the Prince as "one of my greatest protectors", and claims that his acceptance of his homosexuality made him realise that he was right to be open about it, despite an attack which left him hospitalised.
Trooper Wharton went to find the Prince and tearfully told him "I think I'm going to be murdered by the infantry,” the Mail on Sunday reported.
As he explained what had happened Harry had a “complete look of bewilderment” on his face and responded: “Right I'm going to sort this ---- out once and for all.”
Moment later Trooper Wharton poked his head out of the tank to “see him having a go”.
“I could see he wasn't holding back,” added Trooper Wharton, who was 21 at the time and has since left the forces.
Harry, a Troop Commander in the Blues and Royals, informed a senior officer of what was happening before assuring the soldier that it was “sorted”.
Trooper Wharton, who was on training in Canada with the Prince at the time of the 2008 incident, said: “I will always be grateful to Harry and I will never forget what happened. Until he went over and dealt with everything I was on track for a battering.”
Trooper Wharton, who in 2009 became the first homosexual soldier to appear on the front of the Armed Forces magazine, has written about his experiences alongside the young Prince in his new book Out in the Army.
He claims that after sharing a tank for several weeks they became friend and Harry discussed his sex life and the fact that he had been told he and his brother Prince William were gay icons.
Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy praised his efforts to protect his troops, adding: “The whole country will applaud Prince Harry. Our Forces should reflect the modern-day Britain they fight so hard to defend.”
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April 6, 2013

The Prince, Next King and Diana Watching Over Them


‘We used to say that Harry was like a firecracker and when other pupils saw him coming they used to warn each other, “Don’t light the blue touch paper”,’ says a former housemaster.
‘He needed some outlet for his anger and he found it when he discovered the Combined Cadet Force. 
'That, for a while, curbed his frustration and diverted much of the aggression he had been displaying outside the classroom. We knew then that he was destined for a career in the military, where he could channel it usefully.’
Close: Prince Harry pictured with his brother William
Close: Prince Harry pictured with his brother William
The emergence of the young hell-raiser had already been in evidence before he even hit his teens. 
Harry’s first serious experience with alcohol had come during a Mediterranean holiday with his mother and brother as Mohamed al Fayed’s guests in July 1997, when he got ‘happily squiffy’ after sampling a local brandy, according to one of his friends
There was worse — far worse — to come. In 1998, Harry and his brother had helped arrange a Highgrove party ahead of their father’s 50th birthday. 

HOW DODI TRIED TO GET HIM A GIRL

In the summer of 1997, Diana had a surprise for her 12-year-old son: they were all going on holiday together to the south of France.
Mohamed al Fayed — a close friend of her stepmother Raine Spencer — had invited them to spend time with him and his family at his palatial home above St Tropez. 
What’s more, he had spent more than £10 million on a new yacht, the Jonikal, with his royal guests in mind.
He had another ‘treat’ in mind, too: his son Dodi would be joining them. 
Al Fayed was matchmaking and he badly wanted Diana in the family.
Harry did not like Dodi  any more than he liked Al Fayed’s ten-year-old son Omar, whose ‘arse he kicked’, according to one of the bodyguards who witnessed ‘a severe altercation’ between them.
Harry grew deeply suspicious when Fayed arranged a disco for him and William at which there were a number of scantily clad young girls. 
One of them told Harry they had never met Dodi before, but they had been recruited by two of his ‘team’ scouting the beach at St Tropez for some girls who would like ‘some fun’ with their boss’s guests.
The trio returned to London on July 20. 
It was Charles’s turn to have custody, on board Britannia for its last ever cruise. 
Diana was not to know she would never see Harry and William again.
‘This is a real ship,’ Harry told his father, ‘not like Mr Fayed’s. His is a boat.’
Guests included the actors Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry and Emma Thompson. William and Harry had persuaded them to stage some comedy sketches poking fun at their father along the lines of Atkinson’s Blackadder.
It was not long into the night, however, before a drunken 14-year-old Harry stripped completely naked and ran around the surprised — to put it mildly — distinguished guests.
‘Charles was visibly shocked,’ remembers a guest. 
‘In fact he turned crimson, but he told a group of us later that it was just teenage high spirits and he himself had done much the same. It was the only time in my life that I didn’t believe him.’
Harry’s Eton contemporaries swear he did not drink during term time but made up for it when he invited them to Highgrove during the school holidays. 
He founded Club H, with a well-stocked bar in the cellars, which soon became the venue for wild parties.
It was the staff at Highgrove who first informed Prince Charles that cannabis had been smelled in the house. Summoned to a summit with his father, Harry came clean.
Yes, he said, he had been smoking cannabis; yes, he had been drinking too much; and yes, some of his more unsuitable friends were into heavy drugs (in fact three of those closest to him already had criminal convictions).
It took only a one-day visit to a rehab centre in South London, which Charles had officially opened the previous year, to convince Harry that he had embarked on the wrong road.
‘Stick with the winners’ was his new motto.
Harry’s love of risk and danger is now, for the most part, channelled into more worthwhile activities: his career with the Army and the tremendous success he has enjoyed in helping to modernise the Royal Family.
But as Diana’s friend, Lady Annabel Goldsmith, recalls: ‘Harry was always the more mischievous of the two.’ 
Her opinion is endorsed by the society interior director Nicky Haslam: ‘Harry is obviously fun. He’s sort of irresistible in his naughtiness.’
It’s a view with which many would agree — including some of the many women who, as I will reveal on Monday, have fallen for his charms.

‘I then told him to go to the police officer on the gate and report back to me when he got there — but he didn’t call.’
After a few failed attempts to contact the young prince on his radio, Wharfe began to get worried.
‘Eventually he came in with the “Ken, this is Harry” call sign.
Harry the brave: Even as a schoolboy, Prince harry, pictured centre, showed a sense of adventurer
Harry the brave: Even as a schoolboy, Prince harry, pictured centre, showed a sense of adventurer
‘“Wow, Harry,” I said. “Where on earth are you?” because I could hear traffic in the background.
‘“Just a minute while I check,” he said. “Oh right, I’m outside Tower Records.”
‘Needless to say, my feet didn’t touch the ground as I ran to fetch him from the pavement on Kensington High Street, where he’d ended up.’
‘We worried about him a little,’ says a former teacher at his pre-prep school, Wetherby, in West London. 
‘He always did what he wanted, with no fear of the consequences. When I warned him about walking in front of oncoming cars, he simply sniffed and said he wasn’t bothered because they weren’t allowed to knock him down.’
But despite his lack of physical fear, the young prince suffered severe mental anguish during the painful disintegration of his parents’ marriage. 
Although Charles and Diana did their best to shield their sons from marital discord, say friends, Harry was highly sensitive to atmosphere, suffering long and exhausting screaming fits that could be calmed only by his brother.
When his parents finally announced their separation in 1992, it was Harry, then eight, who begged repeatedly to know if there was anything he could do ‘to make Mummy and Daddy happy again’.
Devoted to both of them, he had been found crying in the garden at Sandringham one Christmas after the split, sobbing to an estate worker that he was missing his mother.
But insiders say that as a young child he was, if anything, even closer to Charles, with whom he would spend hours in the garden at Highgrove. 
Happy: Prince Harry was devoted to both of his parents. The family are pictured on Prince William's first day at Eton College in 1995
Happy: Prince Harry was devoted to both of his parents. The family are pictured on Prince William's first day at Eton College in 1995


Shock: Princess Diana's interview with Martin Bashir made Prince Harry ask questions about his family, writes Chris Hutchins
                                                          



Extracted from Harry: The People’s Prince by Chris Hutchins, to be published by The Robson Press on April 25 at £20.  © 2013 Chris Hutchins. To order a copy for £15 (incl p&p), call 0844 472 4157.
 

April 1, 2013

Princess Diana Dressed as Man with Freddie Prince Visited GayBars

Princess DianaAS the most famous princess of her generation Diana was used to posing for photos - but this was a modelling gig with a difference.The Princess of Wales was once smuggled into a gay bar dressed as a male model, British newspaper The Sun reports. Her chaperone was the Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and the stunt was done so she could mix incognito with fellow drinkers. 
The newspaper said the claim was made in a memoir by British comedienne Cleo Rocos, who says she accompanied the princess - who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997 - along with Mercury and fellow comedian Kenny Everet to the bar during the 1980s. 
Rocos says they dressed Diana in an army jacket, cap and sunglasses for a night out at the bar the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, in South London.
"Freddie told her we were going to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern, a notorious gay bar in London. Diana said she had never heard of it and said she'd like to come," says Rocos.
"Now this was not a good idea. 'It's not for you,' said Kenny, 'it's full of hairy gay men. Sometimes there are fights outside.' This didn't put her off in the slightest.
"When we walked in... we felt she was obviously Princess Diana and would be discovered at any minute.
Freddie Mercury, QueenFreddie Mercury and his pals reportedly dressed the princess up as a male model to smuggle her into the bar.
"But people seemed to blank her. She sort of disappeared but she loved it.”


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