The British Daily Mail is having a field day with the cheerful, ruddy faced chappie from downunder who was summoned to tea with HRH up at Balmoral.
John Key, minister for tourism, talk show doyen, king of the Kiwi barbie, and ahem – Prime Minister of New Zealand – apparently broke royal protocol when he allowed photographs of the private visit to be made public. Just how the Queen feels about this remains to be determined, but one may assume she is not amused. Making Key look like an attention grabbing upstart the Mail wrote in separate articles:
When foreign dignitaries spend private time with the Queen, protocol dictates they remain silent about their stay.
Unfortunately that was not the case when New Zealand premier John Key and his family spent a weekend at Balmoral.
No sooner had they left the Scottish retreat, than a picture was released of Mr Key posing with a casual-looking Queen in her sitting room. He then risked further Royal displeasure by lifting the lid on his time in the Scottish Highlands.
Once, such indiscretions might have caused a diplomatic row, but Buckingham Palace was relaxed yesterday about Mr Key’s revelations.
After all, the keen royalist did call Prince George ‘a very bonny baby’.
The picture he released gives a fascinating insight into the personal tastes of the Royal
On a trip to Balmoral with his family recently, Kay broke with royal protocol by releasing a photograph of his personal visit.
Look at him! He is totally chuffed to bits, glowing nuclear pink with pleasure, at being snapped with the Queen in her private sitting room.
She, on the other hand, has her head bowed, deep in thought. Perhaps she is having second thoughts about letting this galloping colonial clot through the front door?…
Of course these aren’t the first photos of the Queen’s private retreat, the Mail has previously published photographs of David Cameron with the Queen at Balmoral, although he was a little bit more circumspect with the details of his stay.
‘Trip Advisor’ review of Balmoral
In what is sure to sound a death knell for any knighthood ambitions Key may have been harbouring, the Mail continued :
Mr Key went on to compound his gaffe by revealing further details of the trip; highlights apparently included Prince Philip helping to prepare a barbecue and the Queen giving Mr Key and his wife a tour of the Balmoral estate in her Land Rover.
His son Max went grouse shooting with Prince William while his daughter Stephanie hiked with the Duchess of Cambridge…
But wait, there’s more…
‘They were extremely generous hosts and we had a fantastic weekend,’ Key wrote, as if he were filing a report for TripAdvisor…”
The paper then went on to describe how the Queen’s personal and very private possessions had been photographed for all the world to see. Strange behaviour from a representative of a country where individual privacy is taken so seriously. Want an example of that? read about the fuss Key caused over the teapot tapes.
Some more John Key gaffes
- Promising American tourists a lift from the airport and describing his country as having the loosest slot machines in the Pacific rim.
- The ‘Gay Red T Shirt’ quip.
- Trying to persuade Stephen Sackur on BBC Hard Talk that New Zealand was 100% pure, despite overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary.
- The three way handshake at the Rugby World Cup and the dreadful ‘trotie’ speech.
- The David Beckham ‘thick as bat shit’ incident.
- The bad-taste throat slitting gesture in parliament.
- Badly choreographed Fashion show appearances.
- Queen checks Key’s not too cold (stuff.co.nz)
- John Key: Asia House & Balmoral. (morrallicious.wordpress.com)
- But will Key meet the royal baby? (stuff.co.nz)
- Queen Elizabeth shows a rare, casual side at her country retreat Balmoral – including a snap of her great-grandson, Prince George (news.nationalpost.com)
- Will, Kate And Queen Elizabeth Do A Bit Of Hosting At Balmoral (celebuzz.com)
- The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince William take their 4x4s for a spin around Balmoral (thisismoney.co.uk)
- Prince William and Kate Help the Queen Entertain at Balmoral Castle (people.com)