Brazil 'Will Get Apology' from Queen; President's State Visit to Heal Rifts over Met's Bungled Shooting of De Menezes

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Brazil 'Will Get Apology' from Queen; President's State Visit to Heal Rifts over Met's Bungled Shooting of De Menezes


Byline: RICHARD KAY

THE Queen is set to come close to apologising for the fatal shooting of electrician Jean Charles de Menezes during next week's state visit of the Brazilian president-to London.

I understand the move is expected to come in a speech at a Buckingham Palace banquet to welcome Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to Britain.

According to sources, the Queen's remarks, which are still being worked on by officials, are likely to contain a veiled expression of regret for the death of Mr de Menezes, who was mistaken for a suicide bomber by police marksmen.

There are also expected to be references to the bombings of Underground trains and buses, which claimed the lives of 52 people and which indirectly led to the shooting of the young Brazilian.

It is not thought that the Queen will refer to Mr de Menezes directly by name, but that she will make general remarks about the tragedies which rocked Britain last July. 'The key word officials have been talking about including is "innocent",' I am told. 'The speechwriters want her remarks to convey the idea that good relations between two countries can be forged as a result of common tragic circumstances.' President da Silva and his wife Marisa Leticia are making a three-day official visit. …

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