The theme of this year’s event was the stunning GREAT British Week, held in January under the generous patronage of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, the aim of which was to celebrate the close friendship between Britain and Bahrain and all that is best about Britain, as well as launching preparations for the bicentenary of bilateral relations. A film of the highlights of GREAT British Week was played.
The Embassy was proud to receive His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, as Guest of Honour, representing His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. The Ambassador, Iain Lindsay OBE, invited guests to join in loyal toasts to Her Majesty The Queen and to His Majesty.
Speaking at the event, the Ambassador said:
Over the last year, an already close relationship has become even stronger. The warmth of the friendship between our countries was clear throughout the 50 plus events of GREAT British Week. I am delighted that His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who supported a number of events during the Week, has been able to join us this evening to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s birthday.
The Ambassador expressed his gratitude to British Airways, EuroMotors and Standard Chartered for their generous sponsorship of the event. He also thanked the Kanoo Group and Wrightbus for providing an iconic London red double-decker bus; BMMI; the British School of Bahrain Choir and Frankie and Friends Jazz Band for performing during the evening; the Captain and ship’s company of HMS Ramsey for the Sunset Ceremonial; and the bugler and pipers of the Ministry of Interior Band.