To celebrate the 60 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and when she became the head of the Commonwealth, British High Commissioner Adam Thomson will host a reception at his residence on Saturday.
Also known as the “event of the year in Diplomatic Enclave”, the party will host prominent guests from the government, national assembly, military, civil society, diplomatic corps and media.
The queen’s diamond jubilee, which will officially be celebrated in June, marks the start of a tremendously exciting period for the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, said a statement issued by the British High Commission.
In his statement, Thomson said, “The queen’s birthday is also an occasion to reflect on the close relations between the UK and Pakistan, which came into being shortly before her majesty became the queen. The enduring partnership between Pakistan and the UK has taken shape during her reign.”
“We are committed to working together in partnership to create the conditions for greater democracy, security and prosperity in Pakistan and the UK,” he added.
Queen Elizabeth II became the head of state of 15 Commonwealth countries on her accession to throne on February 6, 1952. As the second longest serving monarch in British history, she has visited 116 countries, including Pakistan in 1961.
This year will also see the UK hosting the London Olympic and Paralympics Games, where the Commonwealth’s two billion citizens will be cheering on their athletes and many people will visit Britain to experience the games firsthand.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 21st, 2012.