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23rd April 2017 Holy See

Stephen Townsend

Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy to the Holy See

St George’s Day: 23 April

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How did St George become the Patron Saint of England? He never visited the country, and his most famous exploit is a myth.  Yet, despite that St George has become of the more popular saints, and is patron of Portugal, Malta and Georgia as well as England. Not much definite is known about St George. […]

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20th April 2017 Tripoli, Libya

Jonathan Worgan

Political and Press and Public Affairs, Tripoli (Tunis)

Twiplomacy from Tripoli

Jon Worgan, 2nd Secretary Political,  on how @UKinLibya built their 200k+ following and used twitter to cross borders and bridge political divides. Almost half of Libya’s young population use social media. It was a unifying force during Libya’s revolution, but is now more often a driver of division. Getting our digital comms right is hard […]

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19th April 2017 Abu Dhabi, UAE

Philip Parham

by Philip Parham

British Ambassador to the UAE

Ambassador’s speech during the Queen’s birthday party 2017

Your Highness, Minister, Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen A warm welcome – from me and my wife Kasia – to this celebration of the 91st birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which has been opened beautifully by the singing of the Choir of the British School Al Khubairat. Before I go further, with great sadness, […]

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19th April 2017 St Petersburg, Russia

Keith Allan

by Keith Allan

Her Majesty’s Consul General to St Petersburg, Russia

The Royal Scots Greys and Russia

We have been very fortunate to have had many wonderful events over the past few years commemorating many different periods of shared history between Russia and the UK. The latest event took place in early April when a delegation of retired officers from the Royal Scots Greys visited St Petersburg to present a replica dress uniform […]

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13th April 2017 Kolkata, India

Bruce Bucknell

by Bruce Bucknell

British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata

Interviews for an education

There are many ways of gaining an education. Apart from the usual places like school, college and university, I’m a fan of travel and seeing new places (which partly explains why I became a diplomat). Meeting people who have very different lives can teach you a lot. And for a lucky few, there is all […]

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13th April 2017 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Behind the Scenes on a Royal Visit: Communications

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall enter a room in Vienna’s magnificent Hofburg Palace as guests of the President of Austria, Dr Alexander Van der Bellen and the First Lady, Mrs Doris Schmidauer Around 70 journalists are present to record the event.  A flurry of camera […]

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12th April 2017 Vilnius, Lithuania

Claire Lawrence

by Claire Lawrence

British Ambassador to Lithuania

Handing over

Tomorrow is my last day in the office for about 6 months. I am taking a break to have a baby (in Lithuania) and will be back in November. I will miss the work for the time I am away. It is a job I enjoy doing very much. I get to listen and talk […]

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12th April 2017 Vienna, Austria

Sian MacLeod

by Sian MacLeod

Ambassador and Head of UK Delegation to the OSCE, Vienna

A Very Special Visit

The OSCE begins a 2 week Easter recess this week, giving secretariat and 57 national delegations the chance to catch breath and look ahead after an exceptionally busy month of multilateral diplomacy. The broad nature of the OSCE remit is such that unrelated events and political developments can coincide to create flurries of intense activity. […]

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11th April 2017 Vienna, Austria

Leigh Turner

by Leigh Turner

Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna

Royal visit – pictures

I will be writing a blog soon about the recent visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.  It was a privilege to welcome them to Vienna; and wonderful to witness the warm welcome they received. During their visit, Their Royal Highnesses met a host of people from all […]

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11th April 2017 Delhi, India

Shivani Sharma

by Shivani Sharma

Knowledge Economy Adviser

Exploring opportunities in marine science and technology

The Indian Ocean region is abundant with resources, particularly in the sectors of fisheries, aquaculture, ocean energy, sea-bed mining and minerals. Oceans have immense potential that needs to be harnessed in a balanced manner, where its preservation and health are given their due importance. The UK has world-leading strengths in marine technologies (robotics and autonomous […]

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