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The queen's thriftiness was in stark contrast to the extravagant PR blitz that accompanied the crown prince, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia who likes to be known as MBS. Saudi lobbyists spent millions of dollars on advertisements in U.K. newspapers and on large roadside billboards in London bearing MBS' face and extolling both his virtues and those of "the united kingdoms". It is of course MBS' war.As it turned out, the protests were far fewer than anticipated, amounting to a few hundred people outside Downing Street during MBS' meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May.It is worth noting that MBS' delegation in London included Saudi Arabia's Oil Minister Khalid al-Falih and Aramco's Chief Executive Amin Nasser.The final decision of course, lies with MBS.Since taking the reins of power in Saudi Arabia, MBS has taken on the ultraconservative religious establishment, most notably by removing the power of the kingdom's religious police to arrest people, ending the ban on women driving and lifting the four-decade-long restrictions on cinemas and pop concerts in the kingdom.May understands what MBS is attempting to achieve, welcomes it and wants to encourage him to go continue.
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