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Last Updated: Monday, 27 September, 2004, 14:27 GMT 15:27 UK
Palace protester's Queen apology
Jason Hatch on the Buckingham Palace balcony
Jason Hatch sent his apology to the Queen on luminous paper
A man who protested about fathers' rights at Buckingham Palace has apologised to the Queen.

Jason Hatch, 32, from Cheltenham, is asking for a royal pardon following his five-hour balcony protest.

Mr Hatch posted a hand-written letter addressed to the Queen, and included a Fathers 4 Justice application form.

"I wouldn't like it if someone climbed on to my roof and started protesting," he said.

Mr Hatch said he wrote the letter on luminous yellow paper so "it stood out".

He added in the letter the family court system had forced him into his protest.

"I put my life at risk and I could have been shot. I wanted to tell her the point of what I was doing.

"I told her about my personal case and told her that children are being abused by the system."

A Buckingham Palace spokesman refused to confirm whether the Queen had received the letter.

He said: "We don't confirm any correspondence with members of the public."


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