The Queen certainly has a significant number of unusual friends, and part of her job description is to do the old grip-and-grin with some of the most distasteful of tyrants, but even she might balk at a show of friendliness with Kim Jong-Un, the youthful leader of North Korea.
Nonetheless, the North Korean leader has reportedly attempted to curry favour with his fellow leader by sending HM a birthday card, on the occasion last week of her official birthday.
The birthday wishes were sent by Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme Assembly of North Korea and the country’s second-most powerful person, the official KCNA news agency reports.
“The message wished the queen good health and happ[iness] and the British people well-being and prosperity,” the report said.
The KCNA also said the British embassy in Pyongyang marked the occasion with a reception attended by officials including the Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Vice-Minister of Foreign Trade.
The report helpfully adds that “speeches were made at the reception.”
Sounds like a brilliant night, we feel sure you’ll agree.