On Thursday April 28th, the British Embassy celebrated her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday at the Ambassador’s Ben Lyster-Binns Residence. Over 500 guests assisted including government authorities, legislators, diplomats, media and members of Uruguay’s British community.
In addition to Queen Elizabeth II 90th birthday celebration, this year we commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death which is why the event included the official release of a special stamp by the Uruguayan post office to remember this special date. Videos from British Council’s campaign “Shakespeare Lives”, meant to celebrate The Bard’s legacy all around the world, were exhibited, along with films and photos celebrating the Queen’s life.
The Ambassador Lyster-Binns spoke to the attendees about these main celebration topics and highlighted the many activities organised by the British Embassy during the past year strengthening the links between Uruguay and the UK. The Science and Innovation Fund connected researchers in benefit of both parties; Chevening Scholarships, which allowed 30 Uruguayans to study Masters at the United Kingdom; and the successful British pavilion of Expo Prado that made it possible to create commercial contacts and show the public what the United Kingdom has to offer. The Ambassador also thanked the sponsors that contributed to make the celebration possible: Anglo, AIVA, BG, British Council, Burberry, Deicas, Diageo, HSBC, PWC and Tullow.
Music had a major role during the celebration; guests were received with a piano player offering an ample repertoire of modern British songs followed by DJ Paula Dexler who added her style to the music. During the evening the choir Rapsodia participated, known for singing with the Rolling Stones last February in the Centenario Stadium. For the occasion they interpreted both national hymns and a potpourri of British music.
Guests were treated with typical UK food including some which are a blend of the many cultures represented by the UK such as curry, a popular dish in India, which has become a national treat in Britain.
The Queen’s official birthday is the UK’s National Day and is celebrated in all British embassies in April or June. Like every year, the official birthday festivity will take place next June with the traditional Royal Guards parade and other events since this is a special anniversary.