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13th March 2015

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by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Two years of Pope Francis

With some surprise, I have just woken up to the fact that we are celebrating two years since the election of Pope Francis, the first Pope from the New World. It is a cliché, but it really does seem just the other day that I – along with everyone else – was waiting for the […]

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22nd February 2015

by Peter Tibber

Ambassador to Colombia

50th Anniversary of the State Visit of Queen Elizabeth to Sudan

– Guest blog by Hala Elhaj, Media Officer at the British Embassy in Khartoum –  This month marks the 50th anniversary of the state visit of Queen Elizabeth to Sudan. On the 8th February 1965 Queen Elizabeth landed in Khartoum. She arrived at a time of great political tensions yet despite this Sudan gave Her […]

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11th June 2013 Dublin, Ireland

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by Robin Barnett

Former Ambassador to Ireland, Dublin

Anniversaries: why history matters.

It has been another really busy but rewarding week for me. The highlights included reminders of history, a visit to Poznan and further evidence of the potential to increase trade and investment with Poland. The Fourth of June was both the anniversary of the historic 1989 elections in Poland when Solidarity won a remarkable victory […]

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3rd December 2012

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by Nigel Baker

Ambassador to the Holy See (2011-2016)

Royal firsts in Rome

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester were in Rome on 30 November and 1 December. They were here to celebrate the work, teaching and history of the British Pontifical Colleges. They visited the Pontifical Scots College on St Andrew’s Day, where they unveiled a plaque commemorating Henry Stuart, Cardinal York; commemorated the English Martyrs and […]

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20th February 2012

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by Paul Madden

British Ambassador to Japan

70th Anniversary of Darwin bombing

I travelled up to the Northern Territory to participate in a weekend of commemorations for the 70th anniversary of the WWII attack on Darwin. 19 February 1942 was not of course the start of the war for Australia.  Australian diggers had been fighting alongside their British comrades for two years and five months by then. […]

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21st April 2011

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by Leigh Turner

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

Chernobyl 25th anniversary

This week Kyiv has seen one of its largest ever gatherings of international leaders as Presidents, Prime Ministers and other political figures and experts congregate on Kyiv for two conferences to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.  The first is a pledging conference to secure funds for the New Safe Confinement […]

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