The Queen pressurised Tony Blair over fox hunting during a weekend at Balmoral, according to a new book. The monarch, who reportedly claimed that Blair “was in the wrong party”, lobbied the then prime minister some years before
The biography of Elizabeth II by Sally Beddell Smith claims:
“she patiently explained to him over dinner that hunting was an activity not only for the upper class but regular people as well. Some of the riders, she said, were far from well-off and rented their horses from livery stables.”
With delicious irony, the Hunting Act finally became law after receiving royal assent from the Queen in 2004.