BEIRUT: The British Embassy celebrated Her Majesty the Queen’s birthday Thursday, highlighting support of Lebanon’s educational sector and continued commitment to its stability, in a reception held at the ambassador’s residence.
‘UK: Lebanon’s partner for Education’ was the theme for this year’s event, reflecting what the UK is doing through the work of the embassy, the Department for International Development and the British Council in support of Lebanese education.
During the ceremony British ambassador Tom Fletcher condemned the terrorist attack in Raouche, reiterating the need to stand by Lebanon.
‘Great Britain believes in great Lebanon. But judge us on our actions not our words. Her Majesty the Queen shares a philosophy of resilience with Lebanon: when it is tough, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On.’ When you have come through this toughest of times, battling the odds, I hope that you too will say that Britain was on your side,” he said.
The event was attended by Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon representing Prime Minister Tammam Salam and guest of honor Education Minister Elias Bou Saab. Also present were current and former MPs, ministers, ambassadors, business pioneers, representatives of the British community in Lebanon, civil society, educational experts, media personalities and others.
Students and teachers from the British Council recreated a classroom inside the ambassador’s residence. Songs, dances and flash mobs were performed for the 700 guests attending the event.
Two UN Goodwill Ambassadors, the Lebanese singers Ragheb Alama and Nancy Ajram, performed the Lebanese and British national anthems at the event.
As in previous years, leftover food from the event, including flower arrangements made from edible fruits and vegetables, will be donated to the Lebanese Food Bank