Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Don't Embarrass President Sarkozy

The President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, will address both House of Parliament today in the Royal Gallery (pictured above). As neither chamber is large enough, two venues are available for foreign Heads of State to make such addresses. One is Westminster Hall - the other is the Royal Gallery. It's a magnificant setting - but contains a major diplomatic problem. The two massive frescoes which dominate the room depict British victories over the French! (Waterloo and Trafalgar). We are assured that curtains will hide them from President Sarkozy when he speaks!


Helen said...

In a time when our beloved leaders are waffling in every media about a lack of Britishness, about a lack of pride in being British and what it means to be British covering these paintings is ridiculous.

I presume in 2012 we will be renaming all streets and roads named after conflicts/ wars/ invasions just in case one of the Olympians takes offence? Or will the government just “invest” in a bulk order of street sign covers?

J David Morgan said...

I wholeheartedly agree- there is something ridiculous about it. I understand that Giscard D'Estaing is reported to have said on seeing the Royal Gallery (without the curtains)

"C'est magnifique,
mais ce n'est pas diplomatique!"