Downing Avenue was “pulling out all of the stops” to make sure Clinton’s Might 1997 go to — made between journeys to summits in The Hague and Paris — was a “public relations success,” in accordance with 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, have been supplied tea with Queen Elizabeth, they declined it in favor of different actions, a observe from Blair’s personal secretary, Phillip Barton, reveals.
“The People mentioned that the President and Mrs. Clinton have been very grateful for HM The Queen’s invitation to tea on the Palace, however would want to decline politely,” he mentioned in a Might 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 Might 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 want to do after his speech, the observe mentioned that Clinton’s workforce had “no clear concept” — however that the President “wished to be a vacationer” and wished to go to a backyard and outlets, 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 observe added. Chequers is the UK Prime Minister’s nation retreat, based mostly 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 accordance with receipts.