Hung Parliament

The general election in the UK has ended in a hung Parliament. This means that none of the political parties have the 326 seats needed to gain majority in the House of Commons. Theresa May’s Conservative Party led the pack, but still came up short for an overall win. Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party came second.

We might end up seeing a coalition government like the one formed with David Cameron and Nick Clegg. Chances are that will be the case, though if Theresa May can’t gather a majority from the other parties in negotiating a coalition or other deals, she may have to resign.

Mrs. May’s next move will be a visit to the Queen to ask permission to form a government.

More Royal Blood – Jonathan Aitken

Jonathan Aitken is of  ‘royal blood’, claims the book by Dutch historian Cees Fasseur.

In a previous post I mentioned that Cees Fasseur had recently published a book about the marriage of Queen Juliana of the Netherlands and her husband Prince Bernhard. Queen Juliana, if you’ll remember, abdicated in 1980 in favor of her daughter Beatrix, the current Queen.

Jonathan Aitken, the former British Tory minister once convicted of perjury and sentenced to 18 months in jail, appears to be a part of their story.

According to Fasseur’s book, Aitken is Bernhard’s unrecognised, illegitimate son. If this is true, it means that 66-year-old Aitken is a half-brother to Queen Beatrix.

Fasseur suggests that Aitken is the product of a wartime affair between Bernhard and Aitken’s mother, Penelope.

More at The First Post (UK)

HM Opens Parliament

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The Queen told MPs: “At the heart of my government’s programme will be further action to provide strong, secure and stable communities, and to address the threat of terrorism.

“My government will put victims at the heart of the criminal justice system, support the police and all those responsible for the public’s safety and proceed with the development of ID cards.”

Read more at The BBC

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