The Queen’s dislike for Tony Blair is ‘bed-blocking’ the honours system as gongs can not be offered to political leaders who prospered him without him getting them too, sources have actually said.
The previous Labour PM is likely to be used a knighthood in a bid to solve the problem, it was reported today.
Almost all former Prime Ministers before Blair were afforded the Order of the Garter by the Queen however he is still awaiting that honour 13 years after leaving Downing Street.
Buckingham Palace is planning to offer more honours to Labour politicians after issues some senior party figures are being obstructed due to the Queen’s dislike for Tony Blair
Relations between Blair and the Palace have been strained since the consequences of the death of Princess Diana in 1997.
However the Queen’s evident snub to Blair is causing the knock-on effect of Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Theresa Might likewise yet to be provided the standard honour.
Courtiers are reportedly eager to address a political imbalance because, for the four most desirable honours, Tories surpass their Labour equivalents by more than 5 to one.
reported Blair is most likely to be made Sir Tony in a bid to clear the bottleneck and permit more political leaders from the previous decade to be acknowledged.
‘ There is issue in the palace that the senior orders are starting to look politically unbalanced,’ a source told the Sunday Times.
Of the 102 posts throughout the highest honours – the Order of the Garter, the Order of the Thistle, the Order of Merit and the Order of Buddies of Honour – Tories hold 22, Labour just four and the Lib Dems 3.
All however one of the Queen’s 9 prime ministers prior to Blair was made a Knight of the Garter
All but one of the Queen’s prime ministers prior to Blair was made a Knight of the Garter. The only exception was Alec Douglas-Home who was given Order of the Thistle.
The Order of the Garter, the grandest order of chivalry, was produced in 1348 by Edward III and is restricted to 24 individuals at any one time. It is personally bestowed by the Emperor.
Members of the Order have actually an allocated seat at the Royal Chapel of St George’s, Windsor.
The Queen is thought to have had a strained relationship with Blair throughout his ten years in workplace during which he was said to have actually outraged senior royals with his handling of Princess Diana’s death.
Blair’s predecessor Sir John Major, who only won one election, was granted the honour in 2005 – eight years after leaving workplace.
Courtiers are suggesting Brown is made a Knight of the Thistle to avoid the shame of making him Knight of Garter ahead of Blair.
‘ Blair is the block since they just won’t do it,’ the source said.
‘ Which suggests Brown and Theresa Might, who they think should have something, are blocked. They could leapfrog him however they’re now taking a look at offering Brown the Thistle because he is Scottish.’
The strategy to rebalance the honours could see Labour figures such as former deputy prime ministers Lord Prescott, Lord Blunkett and Harriet Harman also benefit.
Soon after the death of Diana, Blair told a BBC One documentary that it was ‘very hard to work out precisely what the Queen was thinking at this time.’
He said: ‘I believe she was resistant to anything that struck her as false or struck her as a public relations occasion in the face of something that was an extensive personal disaster.
Gordon Brown remained in line to get the Order of the Garter – an honour produced by Edward III in 1348 – however efforts have actually been stopped as The Queen ‘is reluctant’ to offer the very same honour to Blair
‘Princess Diana’s relationship that she had with the monarchy and the relationship with Prince Charles, there was going to be a threat that the country’ s sense of loss relied on a sense of anger and grievance and then turned against the monarchy. So the very first conversation with the Queen was an essential discussion.
‘She was undoubtedly extremely sad about Diana. She was worried about the monarchy itself since the Queen has an extremely strong impulse about public opinion and how it plays.’