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British High Commission celebrates the birthday of Her Majesty The Queen in Islamabad

The British High Commissioner celebrates 70 years of UK-Pakistan friendship by launching a photo exhibition at the Queen's Birthday Party.

British High Commissioner, Mr Thomas Drew CMG, with Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Mr Sartaj Aziz, at the 91st birthday celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Islamabad.

To showcase 70 years relations between the UK and Pakistan the British High Commissioner, Mr Thomas Drew CMG, inaugurated a photography exhibition at the 91st birthday celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Islamabad.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Mr Sartaj Aziz, attended the celebrations along with prominent guests from the world of government, diplomacy, culture, academia and the media.

The exhibition showcased the UK and Pakistan’s shared history and shared future – from education to fashion, health and culture to sports, from trade to politics and from defence to infrastructure.

The event also featured the music from a British military band and the best of British cuisine, to mark the 65th anniversary of Her Majesty’s accession to the throne in 1952, when she became both the British Sovereign and the Head of the Commonwealth. Some of the photographs featured Her Majesty’s visit to Pakistan 1961 and 1997.

Speaking at the Queen’s Birthday Party reception and photo exhibition, the British High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr Thomas Drew CMG, said:

Thank you all for joining us at our party – in this fellow Commonwealth country – to celebrate the 91st Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.

2017 marks the Her Majesty’s 65th Year as Queen and as Head of the Commonwealth. It is also a special year as we celebrate 70 years of friendship between Britain and Pakistan. Around the garden, you will see an exhibition of photographs. They come from our archive, from a competition we have run, and from Pakistani photographer Sara Farid.

Some of the photographs showcase our shared history. You will see pictures of the Queen’s own visits to Pakistan in 1961 and 1997. You will also see physical embodiments of that history from architecture to railways. But mostly and more importantly they are about our shared future.

They focus on what we are doing with our Pakistani friends now to help build for the next 70 years - in education, health, culture, defence, politics, infrastructure, trade or sport. How we are working together, underpinned by history, culture and the 2% of our population which traces its heritage back to Pakistan, for our shared goal of a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan.

Over the coming months, the photography exhibition will tour the UK and Pakistan. Throughout the year, the British High Commission in collaboration with the Pakistan High Commission in London, is organising several events and activities to mark the 70 years of UK and Pakistan’s bilateral relations. Details of these events are regularly featured on the British High Commission’s social media pages.


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Published 26 April 2017