The queen has invited the king of Bahrain to her Jubilee jamboree.
The dictator, who continues to preside over a brutal crackdown on democracy protests in the country, will dine with the royal family and other international dignitaries.
People in Bahrain have continued their protests for over a year.
One of them, prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al‑Khawaja, is in a critical condition after being on hunger strike for two months.
Al-Khawaja was arrested after taking part in democracy protests and is now serving a life sentence in prison.
Even the Formula One grand prix is in danger as teams have said they are “uncomfortable” at the idea of Bahrain hosting the race.
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