Showing posts with label Royals. Show all posts
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October 3, 2018

Homophobia At The Palace! Queen's Gay First Footman Felt He Had to Resign

When I saw the this article on the Daily Beast by Tom Sykes I wanted to have my readers know about its contents aout the British Royals. The stories about them have been received well at adamfoxie and lately with the story of a gay marriage and positive stories coming out The Palace were nice to see.

It’s an undeniable fact that without the devoted service of a multitude of gay staff, operations at Buckingham Palace would grind to a halt.
But there have long been suspicions of a lingering disregard for true equal rights at the palace; even supposedly affectionate stories, such as one of the queen mother teasing her gay steward William Tallon—aka 'Backstairs Billy'—for being 'an old queen' can be seen as deeply patronizing. 
Prince Philip, as one might guess, is thought to have been no great force for LGBT equality. 
But gay men and women have always been hired within the royal household, not least because long-term gay employees were less likely to have children, and family-appropriate accommodation at the palace is in short supply, whereas single rooms are plentiful.
There had been a sense in recent years that things were beginning to change, with the news that the queen did not oppose the introduction of gay marriage being seen as a step in the right direction. Prince William gave an interview to British gay magazine Attitude, deploring homophobic bullying and Prince Harry and Meghan spoke out earlier this year in support of LGBT issues, with the American star saying, it was about "basic human rights."
There is little doubt that the young royals believe unquestioningly in equality. 
So it was all the more disconcerting to read, this weekend, of the revelation that the queen’s first openly gay senior footman had resigned, after being forced to accept a series of humiliating demotions for allegedly ‘courting publicity’ following the appearance of some articles about him on gay websites. There was an acute sense of disappointment, work being undone and clocks being turned back. 
While some people might think it absurd that Ollie Roberts, 21, resigned after being told he could no longer pass the queen a blanket or walk Her Majesty’s dogs, being permitted to interact directly with the queen is more than just a vanity massage or an ego-trip for poorly-paid royal household employees; it’s a crucial step on the career ladder, as it is a sign that you are trusted.
While it is true that generally, staff are not allowed to give media interviews or cooperate with the press in any way, shape of form, this rule is largely about preventing unauthorized or embarrassing information leaking out to journalists.  
Roberts, by contrast, had merely been the focus of several articles in gay publications which rejoiced in the assumed demonstration of equality by the palace which his employment illustrated.
If Roberts did tip off or otherwise co-operate with some journalists, this would appear to most people to be at worst, a youthful error of exuberance, perhaps slightly self-aggrandizing. There is no suggestion he has sold or betrayed Her Majesty’s secrets. 
A royal insider told The Sun, which broke the story: “Ollie was informed he had been overdoing the press stuff and they knew he was behind articles and gossip pieces.
“They told him his profile was becoming too high and he wasn’t there to draw attention to himself.”
“It looks more likely that the Palace is embarrassed for it to be known that it has gay staff, and it is consistent with decades of homophobia by the Queen's inner circle”
He was subsequently demoted and deprived of key duties. He then “decided he should quit. He feels badly let down when he was proud to be gay in such a good job.” 
Veteran LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told The Daily Beast: “I can see no example of him giving quotes to the media, which might justify the claim that he was 'courting publicity'. It looks more likely that the Palace is embarrassed for it to be known that it has gay staff, and it is consistent with decades of homophobia by the queen's inner circle. 
“Only two decades ago, the royals banned gay employees from bringing same-sex partners to the Buckingham Palace Christmas staff party. This homophobic discrimination was only overturned after I exposed it and created a public furore, forcing the palace to back down.”
Tatchell, it should be noted, is no great fan of the monarchy and is a high-profile member of the pressure group Republic which seeks to replace the monarchy with an elected head of state. 
Tatchell added: "Since the queen ascended the throne in 1952, the words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ have never publicly passed her lips. She refuses to speak them. Even when she announced government plans for gay law reform in her Queen’s Speeches in Parliament she avoided using the words lesbian and gay.”
The palace declined to comment on the story when contacted by The Daily Beast and informed of Tatchell’s accusations of homophobia.  
While many would be inclined to give the queen the benefit of the doubt, the departure of Ollie Roberts from his front-line role looks, at best, like a thoughtless own-goal for an institution that desperately needs to modernize, and be seen to modernize.
It is hard to know which is more depressing; that Roberts is the first ever footman to feel comfortable openly talking about his sexuality to the media, or that the palace should have been so stupid as to demote him for doing so, thereby encouraging his resignation.

August 21, 2018

The British Royalty Gets Its First Marriage But Nothing Else

That’s because Mountbatten, a cousin of Queen Elizabeth, is to wed James Coyle, an airline cabin services director, this summer in what has been heralded as the “first-ever” same-sex marriage in Britain’s royal family.
Mountbatten’s ex-wife, Penny Mountbatten, said she will give her former husband away.
Though Mountbatten and Coyle’s ceremony is expected to be small, it’s much larger in significance.
“It’s seen as the extended royal family giving a stamp of approval, in a sense, to same-sex marriage,” said Carolyn Harris, historian and author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting. “This marriage gives this wider perception of the royal family encouraging everyone to be accepted.”
Edward II, who ruled from 1307-1327, is one of England’s less fondly remembered kings. His reign consisted of feuds with his barons, a failed invasion of Scotland in 1314, a famine, more feuding with his barons, and an invasion by a political rival that led to him being replaced by his son, Edward III. And many of the most controversial aspects of his rule – and fury from his barons – stemmed from his relationships with two men: Piers Gaveston and, later, Hugh Despenser.
Gaveston and Edward met when Edward was about 16 years old, when Gaveston joined the royal household. “It’s very obvious from Edward’s behaviour that he was quite obsessed with Gaveston,” said Kathryn Warner, author of Edward II: The Unconventional King. Once king, Edward II made the relatively lowborn Gaveston the Earl of Cornwall, a title usually reserved for members of the royal family, “just piling him with lands and titles and money,” Warner said. He feuded with his barons over Gaveston, who they believed received far too much attention and favour.
Gaveston was exiled numerous times over his relationship with Edward II, though the king always conspired to bring him back. Eventually, Gaveston was assassinated. After his death, Edward “constantly had prayers said for (Gaveston’s) soul; he spent a lot of money on Gaveston’s tomb,” Warner said.
 Several years after Gaveston’s death, Edward formed a close relationship with aide Hugh Despenser. How close? Walker pointed to the chronicler of Newenham Abbey in Devon in 1326, who called Edward and Despenser “the king and his husband,” while another noted that Despenser “bewitched Edward’s heart.”
The speculation that Edward II’s relationships with these men went beyond friendship was fuelled by Christopher Marlowe’s 16th-century play Edward II, which is often noted for its homoerotic portrayal of Edward II and Gaveston.
James VI and I, who reigned over Scotland and later England and Ireland until his death in 1625, attracted similar scrutiny for his male favourites. Though James married Anne of Denmark and had children with her, it has long been believed that James had romantic relationships with three men: Esmé Stewart, Robert Carr and George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham.
Correspondence between James and his male favourites survives, and as David M. Bergeron theorises in his book King James and Letters of Homoerotic Desire: “The inscription that moves across the letters spell desire.”
James was merely 13 when he met 37-year-old Stewart, and their relationship was met with concern.
“The King altogether is persuaded and led by him … and is in such love with him as in the open sight of the people often he will clasp him about the neck with his arms and kiss him,” wrote one royal informant of their relationship. James promoted Stewart up the ranks, eventually making him Duke of Lennox. James was eventually forced to banish him, causing Stewart great distress. “I desire to die rather than to live, fearing that that has been the occasion of your no longer loving me,” Stewart wrote to James.
But James’s most famous favourite was Villiers. James met him in his late 40s and several years later promoted him to Duke of Buckingham – an astounding rise for someone of his rank. Bergeron records the deeply affectionate letters between the two; in a 1623 letter, James refers bluntly to “marriage” and calls Buckingham his “wife”: “I cannot content myself without sending you this present, praying God that I may have a joyful and comfortable meeting with you and that we may make at this Christmas a new marriage ever to be kept hereafter … I desire to live only in this world for your sake, and that I had rather live banished in any part of the earth with you than live a sorrowful widow’s life without you. And may so God bless you, my sweet child and wife, and grant that ye may ever be a comfort to your dear dad and husband.”

June 19, 2018

Another Royal Wedding: This Time Gay

 Mountbatten (left) revealed the marriage had received the full blessing from the Royal Family, but then stated that he still isn't completely comfortable


The British royal family is gearing up for another historic wedding. Later this summer, the Queen's cousin, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, will become the first member of the extended royal family to have a same-sex marriage. Lord Ivar will marry his partner, James Coyle, in a private chapel in Devon.

Lord Ivar's ex-wife, Penny, with whom he has three daughters, will give him away at the ceremony.

"It was the girls' idea," she explained in an interview with the Daily Mail. 'It makes me feel quite emotional. "I'm really very touched."

Penny is immensely supportive of her ex-husband's new relationship and knew to go into her marriage with Lord Ivar that he identified as bisexual.

"What I don't think Ivar realizes is how much he has changed as a man since he came out. James is hugely responsible for that because he's so much fun," she said. "Ivar is so much more relaxed these days. He's so much kinder. He's become a great cook. I now call him Fanny Cradock. He probably wasn't even aware that by keeping his sexuality a secret it was really quite tormenting him. Now it's out he's a completely different person. Everybody says they've never seen him happier."

The wedding has the full blessing of the family. One of Lord Ivar's best friends is Prince Edward. Lord Ivar is a godparent to Edward's daughter Louise and the Earl and Countess of Wessex are godparents to Lord Ivar's two oldest children.

"Sophie and Edward know of our plans and are really excited for us," Lord Ivar explained. "Sadly they can't come to the wedding. Their diaries are arranged months in advance and they're not around, but they adore James. Everyone adores him.

February 19, 2018

Trump Not Invited to Royal Wedding but The Obama's Were, Tweet, Tweet

I know that this is a petty diary, but I couldn’t help myself. Donald Trump is going to hate this: 

 A royal source told Daily Star that the prince and his fiancé “want to do things their own way,” despite some aides advising them not to invite the Obamas because it would outrage current president Donald Trump, who has reportedly not been invited. But now the decision is up to the Obamas. Barack Obama and Prince Harry have a genuine friendship, writes Daily Star, one that goes beyond politics and work. Obama was recently interviewed by the prince on BBC Radio 4’s Today program. When the prince and Markle’s engagement was announced, Obama tweeted “We wish you a lifetime of you and happiness together.”
Donald Trump was reportedly not invited.

I love this for two very big reasons. First, two young and able people are standing up for themselves and taking control. Secondly, the invitation to the Obamas represents a huge slap in the face of Donald Trump and his horde of nihilists. 

The Obamas have not RSVP’d as of yet, but sources are saying that they are sure that the Obamas will attend.  The fact that Trump will probably blow his stack is reasoned enough for me to take a few hours out of my day to watch this overblown ceremony.  And besides, Obama has been a genuine friend to Prince Harry.  Harry should be able to invite his friend to his wedding, and without having to worry about the reaction of an orange-colored obnoxious stranger.  

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May 13, 2017

LGBT Award for Prince William in His Work Supporting The Community

 Prince William was dressed in casual clothes, white shirt and dark pants, no tie. This is the picture we keep of him on file and we thought he looked so much bette on his uniform

Prince William said "nobody should be bullied for their sexuality", as he was recognised for supporting the LGBT community.
He told the British LGBT Awards on Friday evening via a video message: "It's so important to be proud of the person you are."
The Duke of Cambridge was named "straight ally of the year" and was among several celebrities given awards.
TV presenter Clare Balding and diver Tom Daley were also named winners.
Prince William, who appeared on the cover of gay magazine Attitude last year, made the video message ahead of the ceremony in London's Grand Connaught Rooms.

'Tragic stories'

In the video, he said: "In recent years I've become passionate about what we can do to protect people from bullying, particularly online.
"I have encountered a number of tragic stories about LGBT young people who have sadly felt unable to cope with the abuse and discrimination they face in their lives."
He added: "It is 2017, and nobody should be bullied for their sexuality, or for any other reason."
Clare Balding Clare Balding was named broadcaster of the year at the ceremony
The awards, in their sixth year, recognise individuals and organisations which promote equality for lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual people. Among this year's winners were:
  • Clare Balding, broadcaster of the year
  • Lauren Jauregui, celebrity of the year
  • Caitlin Jenner, loud and proud award
  • Tom Daley and Dustin Lance Black, influencers of the year
  • Shannon Beveridge, LGBT celebrity rising star
  • Russell T Davies for lifetime achievement
Comedian Alan Carr, who presented the awards, said: "So many brilliant people have won awards and there were some very special moments." 
Dustin Lance Black and Tom Daley  ]Diver Tom Daley ® and his husband Dustin Lance Black were recognised as influencers of the year
Sarah Garrett, who co-founded the awards, praised Prince William for speaking out against homophobic bullying.
"Prince William has used his position to promote diversity," she said.
“His message will resonate and offer hope to young people around the world who have faced discrimination because of their sexuality."

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

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.

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, 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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