1970-1979 | Backing dictatorships | Romania

Red carpet and knighthood for Romanian tyrant Ceausescu

13 June 1978 On 13 June 1978, at the insistence of Britain’s Labour government, the Queen welcomed Romania’s murderous dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, at Buckingham Palace, as part of a British effort to encourage the regime to continue to distance itself from Moscow. The royal invitation was extended despite a warning from Reggie Secondé, the British…