The British embassy in Kuwait marked the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 89, with a Garden Party on its premises. The Ambassador of Britain to Kuwait H.E. Matthew Lodge and his wife hosted the reception attended by a total of 500 guests that included members of the Diplomatic corps, current and former MPs, business leaders and representatives of the British and local community.
The Guest of Honor, Minister of Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah offered the congratulations of Kuwait, its leadership and people, to the United Kingdom in recognition of the longstanding friendship between both countries. In addition, Sheikh Salman praised the educational and cultural role the British Council has been playing in Kuwait for over 60 years, in particular its valuable services to Kuwaiti students and expats.
In a speech to his guests, British Ambassador Matthew Lodge thanked everyone for all their support in this year’s celebration, and said: “We are here to celebrate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, born on this day in 1926. I am honored to stand in the beautiful gardens of this historic residence as British Ambassador. For nearly 8 months, I have observed at first hand the close relationship between our two countries and have seen the depth and breadth of the ties that connect us. Even if I were to talk for hours, I could not cover the full range of those ties. We are marking another anniversary here today, in addition to Her Majesty’s birthday. The British Council in Kuwait this year is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee - 60 years of operation.”
Entertainment was provided by the local English school students who showed off their musical talents, a military band, and a performance by Anna Karadimitrova.