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PPI Original Text (PPI-OT) – British High Commission celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in Lahore

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Islamabad, May 19, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Acting British High Commissioner hosted a party in Lahore on Friday 18 May to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 86th birthday.

Guests from all over Pakistan joined the celebrations, including representatives from the government and provincial assembly, the military, civil society, diplomatic corps, celebrities, the media, business and some of Pakistan’s most prominent sports people. The Acting British High Commissioner, Alison Blake, and the Chief Minister of Punjab, Shahbaz Sharif cut a custom made cake to mark the occasion.

The Diamond Jubilee celebrations will be the start of a tremendously exciting period for the UK and the Commonwealth. 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and the 60th anniversary of when she became Head of the Commonwealth. In June there will be celebrations across the UK and in many Commonwealth countries to mark this special occasion.

The official Diamond Jubilee weekend will culminate with a day of celebrations in central London, including a service at St Paul’s Cathedral, a lunch at Westminster Hall, a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace and finally an appearance by Her Majesty the Queen on the balcony at Buckingham Palace and a ‘flypast.’

The Diamond Jubilee is an important occasion for Pakistan as a member of the Commonwealth. At the 2011 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the creation of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust. The trust is intended to support charitable organisations and projects across the Commonwealth, focusing on finding cures for diseases and the promotion of all types of culture and education.

Speaking on the occasion of Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Party in Lahore the Acting British High Commissioner to Pakistan Alison Blake said:

“The Queen’s Birthday is an occasion to reflect on the close ties between the UK and Pakistan. Pakistan came into being only shortly before Her Majesty became Queen and the enduring partnership between Pakistan and the UK has taken shape during her reign.

It is a partnership that is set to become more important as we continue to work together for the mutual prosperity and security of both Pakistan and the UK. It is an honour to celebrate this occasion with friends and colleagues in Lahore.

“As well as being a landmark year for Her Majesty, 2012 will also see the UK hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Commonwealth’s two billion citizens will be cheering on their athletes and many people will visit Britain to experience the Games first-hand, but also to enjoy our famous hospitality and cultural diversity.

“Through these events, we are confident that more people will learn exactly why the UK is such an open, dynamic and creative country, as we go on successfully combining history and tradition with modernity and innovation – something that Her Majesty exemplifies.

“I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and for the UK, Pakistan and the whole family of nations in the Commonwealth to look forward to the future.”

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attaché
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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