By Colombo Telegraph –
“The monarch and her luncheon guests arrived to angry scenes as hundreds of Tamil and human rights campaigners gathered outside Marlborough House in central London in opposition to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s presence at the meal.” Daily Mail reports.
Controversial: The Queen Upset Human Rights Protesters By Greeting Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa, left, and his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa During A Reception Prior To The Diamond Jubilee Commonwealth Lunch
Their chants echoed around the forecourt as guests arrived. Mr Rajapakse was jeered as he swept through the main gate in a Range Rover. His car did not carry a flag because of security concerns.
The Queen seemed relaxed as she was handed a bouquet by nine-year-old Aduke Badale, the daughter of a member of the Commonwealth Secretariat staff.
The Queen spent a brief moment with Mr Rajapakse and appeared to fleetingly shake hands with him as she met guests at a reception in the Blenheim Saloon inside Marlborough House.
Heads of state and representatives from Australia, Canada and the African nations were welcomed by Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.
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