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Griffin's status as an MEP for the North West means he's entitled to an invitation for himself and three chums. Gee, thanks for that, north-west England! He attempted to bumrush the event last year, as London Assembly Richard Barnbrook's plus-one, but was thwarted in his efforts; having a personal invitation this time round means any move to block him, such as those attempted by Boris Johnson last year, will be thwarted. Many guests may simply vote with their feet and boycott the summer shindig.
Though no fan of certain Royals — he has in the past poo-poohed Prince Charles' promise to represent people of all faiths and religions — he'll doubtless help himself to the publicity, though a man whom even the Duke of Edinburgh would regard as beyond the pale may not find himself terribly welcome on the Palace lawn.