The Band of the British Welsh Guards played the Star Wars Imperial March to welcome King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to Britain.
The Welsh Guards are an institution in charge of greeting and playing for foreign dignitaries around the world upon their visit to the United Kingdom. Whenever someone of high political importance visits, it’s British tradition to have the Royal Band play for them.
That includes ALL major political figures, including the ones who aren’t generally favored. Saudi King Abdullah was just such an example of someone unfavorable. He publicly promoted (and allegedly funded) books like “Women Who Deserve To Go To Hell,” and others with content saying homosexuals should be stoned and thrown from mountaintops.
On top of that, he had them distributed at British mosques. Abdullah has also been known for heavy promotion of torture. Understandably, the band wasn’t really that happy about playing for him, but rather than break a centuries old tradition, they chose a song they felt was very fitting.
The Saudi King had no idea what was going on (fortunately), and merely visited with the Queen for a while and left. There is video of the whole thing, which can be viewed at the source