Britain's Foreign Minister Selwyn Lloyd took time out July 20 from the four-power foreign ministers conference in Geneva, to pay a courtesy visit on the Sheikh of Qatar now holidaying at a villa in Versoix near Geneva.
LV Lloyd's car arrives at Sheikh's villa.
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Background: Britain's Foreign Minister Selwyn Lloyd took time out July 20 from the four-power foreign ministers conference in Geneva, to pay a courtesy visit on the Sheikh of Qatar now holidaying at a villa in Versoix near Geneva.
Sheikh Ali Ben Abdullah al-Thani, 68-year old seven feet two inches tall ruler of 25,000 people in oil-rich Qatar, a British Protectorate in the Persian Gulf, is enjoying a holiday to end all holidays. During the first week of his two month stay he and his retinue of 15 wives and female attendants; a court jester and 100 officials spent GBP80,000 on a glorious shopping spree in Geneva.
His favourite wife--the Sheikha-- a brunette in her late twenties and weighing a more 16 stone 6 pounds, parades through the streets wearing the black mask that women of the harem are required to wear outside the Royal palace. (In Qatar a woman weighing less than ten stone is considered 'skinny'.) Covered in jewels she has bought material by the bale and dresses in quantities of six at a time.
During his stay the Sheikh has purchased a castle on the shores of Lake Geneva, fear country homes for two sons and their families, eight Cadillac cars for his wives, and a fleet of other cars for his friends.
Wherever he walks in the grounds of the castle, the Sheikh is followed by a dwarf carrying a black box. Every so often the Sheikh opens the box and bestows a valuable trinket on the person he happens to be talking to at the time.