Tony Blair’s demonstrators resist the knighting of ex-PM in front of Windsor Castle

The campaign group Stop the War said former Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair had “blood on his hands” and was responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq

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Activists held up “Bliar” signs in front of Windsor Castle

Angry protesters have gathered in Windsor to stand up to Tony Blair, who is receiving Britain’s highest knightly honour.

The former Prime Minister was knighted last week and is today made a Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter.

The ceremony is taking place at Windsor Castle and protesters have formed a picket line outside the royal residence.

Activists hold up placards reading “Bliar” and “Sir War Criminal.”

The Queen will attend today’s ceremony – but is unlikely to appear on any public parts of the occasion.

Prince Andrew is also expected to be in attendance, but will also stay out of the public elements of the ceremony.







Stop the War organized the demonstration against Tony Blair
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The Queen has apparently told him to stay out of sight “for his own good” after Prince Charles and Prince William raised fears of a public backlash.

Sir Tony’s knighthood has proved controversial, with a petition against it garnering more than 1.5 million signatures.

The petition said he was the “person least deserving of public honor” and “should be held accountable for war crimes.”

Sir Tony, who was knighted by the Queen on Friday, was prime minister during the Allied military invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.







The campaign group organized a huge anti-war march in London on the eve of the Iraq invasion
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Campaign group Stop the War previously wrote on Facebook: “Tony Blair was supposed to travel to The Hague.

“Instead, on June 13, he will leave for Windsor Castle, where he will be knighted by the Queen.

“Despite the disastrous legacy of Blair’s foreign policy, the British establishment has learned few lessons.

“Blair has blood on his hands and is personally responsible for the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.







Stop the War said Sir Tony had ‘blood on his hands’
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“He’s the person who least deserves a public honor. Join the stop-the-war protest at Windsor’s annual Garter Day procession and let the world know there’s only one court Blair should attend and it’s not the royal one.

“We will gather at 1pm at the Queen Victoria Statue on Castle Hill, Windsor, SL4 1PD to say ‘Blair Prison! No knighthood for war criminals’.”

Stop the War organized a huge anti-war march in London on the eve of the Iraq invasion, attended by hundreds of thousands of protesters.

Sir Tony claimed “full responsibility” for the decision to invade Iraq after the Chilcot Report was released in 2016.







A petition against Sir Tony’s knighthood received more than 1.5 million signatures
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The former Prime Minister said: “I feel deeply and sincerely that probably no words can express the sorrow and suffering of those who have lost loved ones in Iraq, be they members of our armed forces or the armed forces of other Iraqi nations.”

He added that intelligence assessments made before the war “turned out to be wrong”.

“I express more sadness, regret and apologies than you may ever know or believe,” he said.

Baroness Valerie Amos is also made Lady Companion of the Order at Windsor Castle today.

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The Labor Member of the House of Lords, who became the first Black Member of the Cabinet, will be the first Black person to be appointed Lady Companion of the Order.

Meanwhile, Camilla is also being made a Royal Lady of the Most Noble Order of the Garter today.

The Queen personally selects Knights of the Garter in recognition of her work.

Website royal.uk explains: “Today the order comprises the Queen, Sovereign of the Garter, several senior members of the royal family and twenty-four knights chosen in recognition of their work.

“Knights of the Garter are personally chosen by the Sovereign to honor those who have held public office, made a significant contribution to national life, or have personally served the Sovereign.

“These included Marshal of the RAF Lord Stirrup and former Prime Ministers Sir John Major and Sir Winston Churchill.”

New Knights of the Garter are appointed during an annual Garter Day procession in June.

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