(FreedomBeacon.com)- Queen Elizabeth is taking some heat for a letter she recently sent to North Korea.
Recently, the Queen sent a congratulations message to the North Korean people on their national celebration day, a spokesperson for Buckingham Palace confirmed.
The message that was sent was done so by the UK Commonwealth and Development Office on behalf of the Queen, “as has been done before,” according to the spokesperson. It’s standard practice for the Queen to send congratulatory letters like this on specific national days for countries across the globe.
As the spokesperson explained:
“Her Majesty in all dealings with other Heads of State acts on the advice of the FCDO. As in previous years, HM The Queen has sent a message to the people of the DPRK on the occasion of their National Day.”
North Korea celebrates their national day on September 9. This year marked the 73rd anniversary of the country’s founding.
In Pyongyang, the country held a military parade at midnight to celebrate the day. While it’s never clear exactly what happens inside of North Korea, the state-run media outlet, Rodong Sinmun, said the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, stood on a platform in the city’s Kim II Sung square, waving to the crowd that was there.
On Monday, another state-run media outlet in North Korea, KCNA, published the full message from the Queen. In publishing part of the message from the Queen, the media outlet wrote:
“Kim Jong Un, president of the State Affairs of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DRPK), received a message of greeting from Elizabeth II, queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on September 7.”
And, according to the media outlet, the message read:
“As the people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea celebrate their National Day, I send my good wishes for the future.”
While Buckingham Palace said that this is sort of a standard operating procedure for the Queen to send congratulatory messages, it’s still quite odd that she would do so to North Korea. The country has fully closed itself off to the rest of the world, and is constantly issuing threats of nuclear war against the United States and its allies.
Things got even worse than normal in North Korea starting last year during the outbreak of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. North Korea severed whatever ties it had with other countries so as to prevent an influx of cases of coronavirus entering their country.
The country hasn’t reported any major COVID-19 outbreak. There haven’t even been any indications that an outbreak has taken place.
However, it’s quite difficult to really tell what’s going on within North Korea, as access is extremely limited. Pyongyang has claimed North Korea hasn’t had one case of coronavirus, but many experts around the world doubt that is true.
Still, almost all foreign diplomats and other aid workers have already left North Korea, as there is an extreme shortage of various goods and huge restrictions on life in the country.