Cllr. Liaquat Ali and the Queen: so near, yet so far

Mention of Clli. Liaquat Ali as always brings a weighty postbag, with those who have met the great man eager to share their memories.

So by way of a thank you, I reprint some photos of when our local benefactor to the otherwise homeless met the Queen.

It’s a slightly odd sequence, because the warm handshake that seems about to happen in fact never does.

I’ve always wondered why.

But no doubt our monarch had her reasons….



  1. Truth & Lies - September 3, 2015, 2:01 am

    To be fair the Monarch never shakes hands with anyone, and those meeting her are always told that in advance, so her avoidance of the Ali palm in this instance is probably nothing much to do with him and everything to do with Royal protocol.

    Either that or she has seen some of the people who have been kissing his hand in supplication and doesn’t want to catch anything nasty.

  2. Nick Tiratsoo - September 14, 2015, 4:49 pm

    Your comment about protocol is incorrect: just Google ‘The Queen shakes hands’, and you will find pictures of many examples.

    Of course, its possible that in this case the handshake happened, but the photographer didn’t capture it.

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