Queen Elizabeth planned to hit former Ugandan dictator Idi Amin over the head if he “gatecrashed” a Silver Jubilee church service, a new book has revealed.
The anecdote was revealed by Lord Mountbatten in his diary, which is among material disclosed in Monarchy and the End of Empire, which details the Queen’s importance in bringing peace to the Commonwealth.
Author of the book Prof Philip Murphy told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that plans had been drawn up by the government to tackle Amin if he decided to appear in Britain.
The then foreign secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home said it would be unadvisable for the Queen to be seen in the company of a “Commonwealth head of government known to be a murderer”.
In 1977 she expressed concerns that Amin might try to attend the Jubilee Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral on June 7, 1977.
Idi Amin ruled Uganda from 1971 to 1979 when he was ousted in a coup and exiled in Saudi Arabi where he passed away in August 2003.
The number of people killed as a result of his regime is estimated by international observers and human rights groups to range from 100,000 to 500,000.
Additional Reporting By Agencies