Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert
'Kate' dressed in red for the flotilla along the Thames
Bahraini and Saudi Royals attended the reception
HM Queen Elizabeth's Coronation
The British Ambassador to Oman held a function at his home for the occasion, and other Brits celebrated at the Hyatt in Muscat

UK embassy marks Queen's 60 years in Oman

Times News Service
June 07, 2012

Muscat: On the occasion of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, British Ambassador Jamie Bowden hosted an official celebration at his residence in Muscat.

The guest of honour was His Highness Sayyid qa bin Tariq Al Said, adviser to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Other guests at the function included members of the Omani Royal Family, ministers, senior Omani officials, business leaders, diplomatic corps and representatives of the British and Commonwealth communities.

The entire house was decorated with pictures of the Queen's 2010 visit to Oman and her ties with His Majesty the Sultan.
Historical pictures depicting the Queen's coronation, the silver Jubilee celebration in 1977 and the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Queen in 2002 were also displayed in the background.

In his speech, the British ambassador described about the Queen's selfless public service over 60 years in a world which has changed beyond recognition during her reign and the importance of Commonwealth. He referred to the unique strength of British-Omani relations and of the extraordinary achievements of Oman during His Majesty the Sultan's 41-year rule.

A notable part of the event was the awarding of an Honorary MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) to the British Embassy's Press and Public Affairs Officer Majdi Fawzi, in recognition of his service. An MBE is awarded to a person for sustained service or for contributions which have a positive impact on the society. Majdi joined the British embassy in 1992 and since then he has worked on many important positions. He is now the senior-most member of the locally engaged staff of the embassy.

On receiving the award, Majdi said: "I feel honoured and humbled to receive this award. I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support and I am very pleased to be recognised in this way.- The ambassador also congratulated Majdi for his outstanding service that has been recognised by the Her Majesty.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years since her accession in 1952. Celebrations in the UK and around the world have been extensive. The official programme took place at Windsor between May 10 and 13 in which Royal Horse Show was organised featuring a large contingent from Oman. Over 1,000 boats participated in the Thames Pageant and a network of beacons was lighted throughout the UK and the Commonwealth. A concert at Buckingham Palace and a service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral were also part of the event.

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