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Queen's fury as Bush goons wreck garden
Sunday Mirror ^ | Nov 23, 2003 | Terry O'Hanlon

Posted on 11/24/2003 1:55:22 PM PST by plain talk

THE Queen is furious with President George W. Bush after his state visit caused thousands of pounds of damage to her gardens at Buckingham Palace. Royal officials are now in touch with the Queen's insurers and Prime Minister Tony Blair to find out who will pick up the massive repair bill. Palace staff said they had never seen the Queen so angry as when she saw how her perfectly-mantained lawns had been churned up after being turned into helipads with three giant H landing markings for the Bush visit.

The rotors of the President's Marine Force One helicopter and two support Black Hawks damaged trees and shrubs that had survived since Queen Victoria's reign. And Bush's army of clod-hopping security service men trampled more precious and exotic plants. The Queen's own flock of flamingoes, which security staff insisted should be moved in case they flew into the helicopter rotors, are thought to be so traumatised after being taken to a "place of safety" that they might never return home.

The historic fabric of the Palace was also damaged as high-tech links were fitted for the US leader and his entourage during his three-day stay with the Queen. The Palace's head gardener, Mark Lane, was reported to be in tears when he saw the scale of the damage.

"The Queen has every right to feel insulted at the way she has been treated by Bush," said a Palace insider. "The repairs will cost tens of thousands of pounds but the damage to historic and rare plants will be immense. They are still taking an inventory.

"The lawns are used for royal garden parties and are beautifully kept. But 30,000 visitors did not do as much damage as the Americans did in three days. "Their security people and support staff tramped all over the place and left an absolute mess. It is particularly sad because the Queen Mother loved to wander in the garden just as the Queen and Prince Charles do now.

"Some of the roses, flowers and shrubs damaged are thought to be rare varieties named after members of the Royal Family and planted by the Queen Mother and Queen. "Other Royals had their own favourite parts of the garden as children and some of those areas have been damaged."

The Queen's insurers have told her she is covered for statues, garden furniture and plants she personally owns, but the bill for repairing damage to the lawns and the structure of the Palace will probably have to be picked up by the Government.

The Americans made alterations to accommodate specialised equipment. The mass of gadgetry meant the Royals couldn't get a decent TV picture during the visit.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: brits; flamingoes; lawns; queen; ukvisit
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Its a tough one for the flamingo's but I guess that's the price of freedom.
1 posted on 11/24/2003 1:55:22 PM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk
This is a buncha bull-twaddle. The Mirror is just an anti-Bush tabloid. This is as real as Elvis's alien love-child.
2 posted on 11/24/2003 1:59:51 PM PST by keithtoo (DEAN - He's Dukaki-riffic!!!! - He's McGovern-ous!!! - He's Mondale-agorical!!!)
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To: plain talk
There are British and American service men (and women) who are laying there life on the line fighting global terrorism and they are worried about some plants?

Someone needs to get a grip.

3 posted on 11/24/2003 2:00:51 PM PST by mattdono (Big Arnie: "Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags.")
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To: plain talk
About the only time you will see the Mirror sympathetic to the Queen, is when it can use her to bash someone it hates even more. In this case, Pres. Bush.

It is the most left-wing of all the British tabloids.

4 posted on 11/24/2003 2:01:41 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: plain talk
"Palace staff said they had never seen the Queen so angry as when she saw how her perfectly-mantained lawns had been churned up after being turned into helipads with three giant H landing markings for the Bush visit."

LOL. Queen mum got her panties in a bunch.

5 posted on 11/24/2003 2:01:57 PM PST by TheCrusader
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To: plain talk
Which commies are trying to stir up the British people?
6 posted on 11/24/2003 2:02:08 PM PST by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: plain talk
The mass of gadgetry meant the Royals couldn't get a decent TV picture during the visit

Pity, my 168 channels of DirecTV viewing was crystal clear.

7 posted on 11/24/2003 2:03:03 PM PST by mattdono (Big Arnie: "Crush the democrats, drive them before you, and hear the lamentations of the scumbags.")
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To: plain talk
The Mirror must be a foundation of British liberalism. The Royals knew fully what would be entailed with a state visit from the POTUS. Both inside and outside the palace.

I heard a guest on FNC talking about what it's like to have the President visit some place. Anywhere the President goes is prepared well in advance. If Secret Service or the electrical intallers don't like a wall, guess what? They remove that wall! The place is changed immensely and often needs major repair or restoration after the visit. This isn't unusual at all.

Perhaps the Queen is really furious with her insurance carrier for not covering the repair costs.

Prairie
8 posted on 11/24/2003 2:03:55 PM PST by prairiebreeze ("The hope that danger has passed is comforting, is understandable, and it is FALSE! "~~GWBush)
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To: plain talk
I don't believe this article for a moment.

Drumload of hot steaming BS.

9 posted on 11/24/2003 2:07:14 PM PST by Old Sarge (Serving YOU... on Operation Noble Eagle!)
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To: prairiebreeze
The Mirror is usually in the forefront of tabloid royal-bashing. They couldn't give a toss about the Queen. They are a pro-Labor Party, pro-socialist paper. These are all crocodile tears.

It's simply an opportunity of convenience to trash Bush.

10 posted on 11/24/2003 2:08:20 PM PST by marshmallow
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To: plain talk
Am I the only one who finds it highly amusing that we get constantly lectured on how we should be more "progressive" by the Mirror, the Guardian, etc...all from a country that still has an f'n Royal Family?
11 posted on 11/24/2003 2:08:22 PM PST by TheBigB (Teddy Kennedy wouldn't know the American mainstream if he drove his car into it.)
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The Palace's head gardener, Mark Lane, was reported to be in tears when he saw the scale of the damage.

Apparently, the palace is full of queens.

12 posted on 11/24/2003 2:09:07 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: prairiebreeze
Perhaps its all BS. Marine One doesn't screw up/chew up the White House lawn.

Lefties, embarrassed that their anti-war demo was a bust, have to find something else to whine about (even if that means making it up.)

13 posted on 11/24/2003 2:10:24 PM PST by MrsEmmaPeel
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To: plain talk
Time to turn Lizzie in to an unemployed dowager on the dole.

I'm becoming less and less sympathetic to the Germans in Buckingham Palace. England was better off with their froggie kings.

14 posted on 11/24/2003 2:12:03 PM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo [Gallia][Germania][Arabia] Esse Delendam --- Select One or More as needed)
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To: plain talk
,,, all this damage without a shot being fired?
15 posted on 11/24/2003 2:12:12 PM PST by shaggy eel
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To: Paul Atreides
Apparently, the palace is full of queens.

[insert your own Prince Charles joke here]

16 posted on 11/24/2003 2:12:25 PM PST by TheBigB (Teddy Kennedy wouldn't know the American mainstream if he drove his car into it.)
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To: plain talk
We have replacement flamingos


17 posted on 11/24/2003 2:14:10 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: plain talk
Dear Lizzie:

Buck up.

There's a War on, you know.

18 posted on 11/24/2003 2:14:55 PM PST by BushMeister
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To: plain talk
Simple to explain

Someone said they finally cleared out the Bushes.

And the left press stands by their story

19 posted on 11/24/2003 2:15:08 PM PST by TAP ONLINE
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To: plain talk
What a load of fertilizer. The Queen calling her insurer? LOL!

INSURER: Royal Insurers. Please hold.

QUEEN: Hello! Hello!?

INSURER: May we help you? just a moment, I'm transferring you to our office in Spain.

QUEEN: The American came out of the sky with helicopters and damaged my shrubs!

INSURER: He demanded a shrubbery? Is that what you said?

QUEEN: I'm the queen! What is this an inquisition!?

INSURER: No ma'am. You didn't expect a Spanish Inquisition did you?

QUEEN: They also trampled my gardens! They walked over my plants.

INSURER: You are covered for that but only if they were walking "funny". Funny walking is covered!

QUEEN: They scared my birds!

INSURER: Birds? Were they African or a European birds?

QUEEN: African or European? I don't know you tit!

INSURER: Any birds injured?

QUEEN: One was. yes! One was but it was only a flesh wound!

INSURER: Please hold for that department........

20 posted on 11/24/2003 2:15:56 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Guns!)
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To: isthisnickcool
OH NOOOO!! Not shrubbery comments!! Not flesh wound comments!! AACK!! Now you've done it!

Prairie
21 posted on 11/24/2003 2:19:01 PM PST by prairiebreeze ("The hope that danger has passed is comforting, is understandable, and it is FALSE! "~~GWBush)
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To: TAP ONLINE
They shoulda listened to Je$$e when he said "STAY OUT DA BUSHES!!"
22 posted on 11/24/2003 2:20:04 PM PST by TheBigB (Teddy Kennedy wouldn't know the American mainstream if he drove his car into it.)
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To: plain talk
The Palace's head gardener, Mark Lane, was reported to be in tears when he saw the scale of the damage...
..and was heard yelling: "Why that big plant-hating, bird-scaring bully!! I'd slap his firm buttocks if he was here right now! What am I going to do at night now that my Flamingos are gone! I've been totally violated.
23 posted on 11/24/2003 2:20:06 PM PST by Indie
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To: plain talk
Did anyone else watch the Simpson's last night?
24 posted on 11/24/2003 2:22:11 PM PST by Old Professer
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To: keithtoo
This is a buncha bull-twaddle. The Mirror is just an anti-Bush tabloid. This is as real as Elvis's alien love-child

For sure - unless the Queen is an absolute idiot, she knew and authorized all the security arrangements that had to be made. Having an American President killed while on a visit she initiated would be the real pits for Britain. Not to mention how most of us Americans would feel about it.

25 posted on 11/24/2003 2:24:29 PM PST by trebb
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To: Old Professer
LOL! Yes! It was the best one in quite sometime.
26 posted on 11/24/2003 2:24:49 PM PST by retrokitten (What about the bowl, Bart?? What about the bowl???- Milhouse)
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To: plain talk
Presuming this is true (*cough*), how are Bush and his people responsible for the fact that some stupid Brit painted the "land here" markers in the middle of the bloody garden?
27 posted on 11/24/2003 2:29:41 PM PST by Ichneumon
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Nor do I. First of all if those spaces were reserved for the helicopters to land...anyone with HALFA BRAIN would know the grass might be damaged so why would they approve it?

Second of all, GWB is not the type to do something like that in the first place and...if it was true he would make it right.

It's an outright attempt to smear Bush but it won't work. The man has character, remember? What a doofus who wrote this article.
28 posted on 11/24/2003 2:38:38 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush...he will prevail in spite of the naysayers)
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To: trebb; keithtoo
I doubt very much whether any of this article is true.

The very idea that the Queen and royal family are not as well protected, security-wise, as the POTUS is ridiculous.
I am quite sure the helicopters landed in the exact same landing area(s) that are used by the royal family, that security arrangements were probably confined to incorporating secret service liaison into the existing security installations, etc..

There would be no need for "special" arrangements to be made, security-wise, in what is probably one of the most secure environments in the British Kingdom.

29 posted on 11/24/2003 2:39:15 PM PST by Drammach
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To: plain talk
I don't buy this Mirror crap for a second. If there were any damage from helicopters, they should blame the shameful leftist protesters who prevented the President from simply driving there in a car because the streets were full of violent hooligans. 'Tis the British left who has damaged the garden. Send the bill to Ken Livingstone.
30 posted on 11/24/2003 2:49:15 PM PST by Sender
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The Palace's head gardener, Mark Lane, was reported to be in tears when he saw the scale of the damage.

Awwwww. Did we muss his pwetty hair?
31 posted on 11/24/2003 3:00:49 PM PST by Bars4Bill
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To: plain talk
"Royal officials . . . Palace staff . . . Palace insiders . . . "

Notice how none of these quotes are attributed to an identifiable person. I would not be surprised if the entire story was fabricated. The Left was infuriated that Bush presented himself so well over there, so they're going to try to find some way to make him look bad even after he's gone.
32 posted on 11/24/2003 3:02:39 PM PST by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: Steve_Seattle
IMO, this news rag is USING Queen Elizabeth to push forward their Bush hatred. They owe her an apology for this smarmy article.
33 posted on 11/24/2003 3:04:22 PM PST by EggsAckley (..................."Dean's got Tom McClintock Eyes".........................)
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To: Ichneumon
ROTFLOL. Thanks for the laugh.
34 posted on 11/24/2003 3:08:39 PM PST by WVNan
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To: isthisnickcool

Off with their heads!

35 posted on 11/24/2003 3:12:08 PM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: plain talk
After the revolution, she should consider herself lucky, that our President doesn't demand she be presented to him in chains. I would.
36 posted on 11/24/2003 3:13:44 PM PST by miloklancy
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To: plain talk
Royal officials are now in touch with the Queen's insurers and Prime Minister Tony Blair to find out who will pick up the massive repair bill.

How about the people who did it? I have a hard time believing the Queen would be angry with Bush for those hoodlums' behavior. They're HER people after all.

37 posted on 11/24/2003 3:19:14 PM PST by Terriergal (Psalm 11: 3 "When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?")
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To: plain talk
I believe that this article was the Mirror's attempt at satire. The title was called "Farce 1" or something like that.
38 posted on 11/24/2003 3:20:10 PM PST by usedtolurk
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To: Rebelbase
LOL!!!
39 posted on 11/24/2003 3:29:20 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: TheCrusader
"LOL. Queen mum got her panties in a bunch."

She's not the "Queen Mum" yet. Not until one of her children is on the throne.

40 posted on 11/24/2003 3:41:15 PM PST by redhead (Les Franšais sont des singes de capitulation qui mangent du fromage.)
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To: TheCrusader
Elizabeth's mother died April of 2002, aged 101. Sorry no bunced panties from her.
41 posted on 11/24/2003 4:02:40 PM PST by YankeeinOkieville
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To: plain talk
I know where she can get a lot of plastic flamingos. They won't suffer from post Bush stress syndrome.
42 posted on 11/24/2003 4:08:13 PM PST by FreePaul
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To: plain talk

This is the only part of the article I believe: The Palace's head gardener, Mark Lane, was reported to be in tears when he saw the scale of the damage.

43 posted on 11/24/2003 4:10:58 PM PST by Cinnamon Girl
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To: usedtolurk
Probably so. We're planning a trip to London at Christmas. I wonder if I should consider bringing a pastic pink flamingo and planting it there as a good will symbol?
44 posted on 11/24/2003 4:11:35 PM PST by plain talk
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To: plain talk
One: I don't believe it.

Two: If true, it's sheer genius!

Smush a few rosebushes, free a few nations.
45 posted on 11/24/2003 4:16:22 PM PST by moodyskeptic (weekend warrior in the culture war)
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To: plain talk
A little late with the lame story, and no pictures to let us all make our own judgement. No pictures at Yahoo either using "gardens" and "Bush".
46 posted on 11/24/2003 4:23:49 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: CatoRenasci
Time to turn Lizzie in to an unemployed dowager on the dole.

I thought she was an unemployed dowager on the dole.

47 posted on 11/24/2003 4:24:01 PM PST by Cuttnhorse
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To: redhead
Did you see the Queen on "The Simpsons" last night? The Sunday Mirror must be mistaking Bush for Homer.
48 posted on 11/24/2003 4:26:37 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: plain talk
So get over it already.
It will all grow back just like it was.
49 posted on 11/24/2003 4:29:56 PM PST by 76834
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To: plain talk
What a load of fertilizer this article is. As though Elizabeth Regina would show "fury" about anything like this in front of anyone. She has too much class and self-discipline.

You can bet it's some of the palace visqueen garden supervisors who get their pansies in a bunch if some of their pretty pink posies bite the dust.

Leni

50 posted on 11/24/2003 4:36:40 PM PST by MinuteGal (Start saving your pesos for "FReeps Ahoy 3" in spring. Give each other a cruise for Christmas!)
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