Aspen: As limos idle, royal family takes in ‘Dark Knight’ |

Aspen: As limos idle, royal family takes in ‘Dark Knight’

Charles Agar
Aspen Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

ASPEN, Colorado ” A prince gets what he wants.

And when the four children of His Majesty King Abdullah II of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan asked to see “The Dark Knight” at the Isis Theater in Aspen, that meant a fleet of double-parked, idling limos and a special block of seats for the popular new film on Sunday evening.

The king was in Aspen this week for a talk at the Aspen Institute on Monday.

“The community at large was very understanding about the whole situation,” said Aspen investigator Chris Womack, who was one of a handful of local law enforcement officials working with federal security agents to guard the king.

The royal family ” including the king, his wife and four children ” bought 21 tickets and sat in a roped-off section of the theater with friends and security guards for the early evening showing, Womack said.

The other seats were filled as well.

“For the most part people were excited about it,” Womack said.

But not everyone.

Mayor Mick Ireland and one other person were reportedly upset at the fleet of idling limos and gridlock at the city center, according to Womack.

Ireland couldn’t be reached for comment Monday.

The motorcade also attracted a handful of paparazzi, Womack said.

But the photographers were apparently disappointed to find the Jordanian family instead of the Dalai Lama, who will be in Aspen at the end of the week.

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