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    Bahrain king's invitation to Windsor Castle stirs controversy

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    During her almost 60 year reign - Queen Elizabeth II has hosted hundreds of lunches for foreign monarchs.

    Few in recent years have had such a controversial guest list.

    The King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, is among those invited to dine at Windsor Castle at a time when Bahrain has come under international pressure over allegations of serious human rights violations.

    The crackdown against pro-reform demonstrators has drawn disgust and concern in equal measure from campaigners.

    Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward reports from London.