by Finian Cunningham
May 18, 2012
When Queen Elizabeth II receives her guests at Windsor Castle today to celebrate 60 years as head of the British state she will be greeted and fawned upon by some of the world’s most ruthless dictators.
Some 40 sovereigns from around the world are invited to the celebratory lunch to mark the queen’s Diamond Jubilee, six decades after she accessed the British throne in 1952.
A spokesman for Britain’s House of Windsor said the occasion would be an historic and intimate gathering of crowned heads. Among the attendees will be the queen’s counterparts from other European royal households, including sovereigns from Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Andorra, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands and Norway.