Recently declassified documents by the United Kingdom have revealed how former US President Bill Clinton wanted to try out Indian food instead of having tea with Queen Elizabeth during his official state visit to UK in 1997.
According to the documents, Mr Clinton had visited England to meet the newly elected Prime Minister Tony Blair at the time and turned down the offer of having tea with Queen Elizabeth because he wanted to go shopping and eat Indian food, reported CNN.
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The documents were released by the UK’s National Archives, the British government wanted to make sure that Clinton’s trip was a “public relations success”. This was mentioned in memos between the then assistant private secretary Dominick Chilcott to the foreign secretary, and John Holmes, Blair’s principal private secretary.
The memos also reportedly mentioned that when Clinton’s team was asked what he wanted to do after his speech, his team had “no clear idea” but said that the President “wanted to be a tourist” and try some Indian food with the Prime Minister.
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UK officials wanted Clinton’s team to dine at British Prime Minister’s country retreat Chequers but the Americans were not too keen on that idea. However, seems like Clinton did not get to enjoy some Indian cuisine and instead dined at Le Pont de la Tour eating habitat.
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Queen Elizabeth had invited Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to have tea with her but the Americans turned her down.
According to the documents, the couple had “politely declined” the offer.