EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: No room at the King’s Coronation for Lady Pamela Hicks… But Charles finds room for Tuheitia and Te Atawha, the leaders of the Maoris
No room at the Coronation for royal bridesmaid Lady Pamela Hicks, but King Charles has found seats for Tuheitia and Te Atawhai, the king and queen of the Maoris.
It will be the first time the leader of New Zealand’s indigenous people has attended a coronation.
When Charles and Diana visited in 1983 Maori radicals greeted them with the traditional whakapohane gesture, which involved baring their bottoms. Charles is confident Tuheitia and Te Atawhai will be on their best behaviour in the Abbey.
No room at the Coronation for royal bridesmaid Lady Pamela Hicks (pictured), but King Charles has found seats for Tuheitia and Te Atawhai, the king and queen of the Maoris, writes Ephraim Hardcastle
With 22 days to go, the King has yet to work out his strategy for dealing with Britain’s colonial past.
He will be invested with the Sovereign’s Sceptre containing the 540-carat Great Star of Africa, the largest of nine gems cut from the Cullinan diamond, presented to Edward VII in 1907. He will also wear the Imperial State Crown containing another Cullinan, the Second Star of Africa. South Africa want both back.
Camilla will be adorned with Queen Mary’s crown, made for her in 1911 with the Koh-i-Noor diamond, which India is demanding back. However, the diamond will not be in the crown – it has been replaced with three other Cullinans.
With 22 days to go until the Coronation, the King has yet to work out his strategy for dealing with Britain’s colonial past
Mightn’t it have been wiser for Charles to follow tradition and have a new crown made for Camilla?
Former Labour bigwig John McDonnell ticks off current frontbencher Lisa Nandy over the party’s ‘unacceptable’ ad campaign against the PM, announcing on ITV’s Peston: ‘You never go for the person in this individual way… take Michelle Obama’s advice, ‘When they go low, we go high’.’
Didn’t McDonnell notoriously repeat vile calls for Tory opponent Esther McVey to be ‘lynched’, describing her as a ‘stain on humanity’. Refusing to apologise, McDonnell later announced: ‘Sometimes you need to express honest anger.’
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