Downing Road was “pulling out all of the stops” to make sure Clinton’s Could 1997 go to — made between journeys to summits in The Hague and Paris — was a “public relations success,” in response to memos between Dominick Chilcott, assistant personal secretary to the international secretary, and John Holmes, Blair’s principal personal secretary.
The paperwork have been launched by the UK’s Nationwide Archives.
Though the President and his spouse, Hillary Clinton, had been provided tea with Queen Elizabeth, they declined it in favor of different actions, a be aware from Blair’s personal secretary, Phillip Barton, reveals.
“The People stated that the President and Mrs. Clinton had been very grateful for HM The Queen’s invitation to tea on the Palace, however would want to decline politely,” he stated in a Could 21 briefing.
The paperwork element makes an attempt to substantiate the ever-changing schedule for the presidential couple’s go to to the UK on Could 29.
On the time of the go to, Blair had simply begun his 10-year tenure as UK Prime Minister, having been elected earlier that month.
When requested what he wish to do after his speech, the be aware stated that Clinton’s crew had “no clear concept” — however that the President “wished to be a vacationer” and wished to go to a backyard and retailers, and pattern some Indian meals with the Prime Minister, Barton wrote.
“The People weren’t interested in our suggestion of a dinner at Chequers,” the be aware added. Chequers is the UK Prime Minister’s nation retreat, primarily based in Buckinghamshire, about 30 miles northwest of London.
Ultimately, the group dined at Le Pont de la Tour, spending £265 ($360) on a meal that included halibut, salmon, sole and rabbit, in response to receipts.