On Wednesday, June 13th, at the residence of the British Ambassador in Vienna, a reception was held on the occasion of the celebration of the 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. Robert Leigh Turner, the UK Ambassador in Austria, made many well-known officials laugh when he joked at the beginning of the speech and thanked the guests for coming to the “Garden Party”.
The rain broke down plans to hold the celebration in the embassy’s garden, and shortly before the beginning it was transferred to the interior of the residence. The sounds of the bagpipes could be heard through the street leading to the residence, and the two traditionally dressed bagpipe players in Scottish costumes welcomed the officials at the entrance. The interior of the residence was decorated with the UK flag(s), as well as the celebratory cake made by the confectioner of the famous hotel “Sacher” for this occasion. Robert Leigh Turner, the UK Ambassador in Austria, made many well-known officials laugh when he joked at the beginning of the speech and thanked the guests for coming to the “Garden Party”. After the toast dedicated to Queen Elizabeth and the anthem “God, Save the Queen”, all the attendants raised their glasses and a toast to her honour. The reception was attended by a large number of representatives of the diplomatic establishment in Vienna, and Austrian officials celebrated the Queen’s birthday with Wolfgang Sobotka, President of the Austrian Parliament, as well as Finance Secretary Hubert Fuchs, US Ambassador Trevor Traina, German Ambassador Johannes Haindl, Yukiya Amano the International Atomic Energy Agency with headquarters in Vienna, university rectors Heinz Engl and Eva Blimlinger, as well as Danielle Spera, director of the Jewish museum in Vienna, accompanied by wife Martin Engelberg who leads the Austrian-British friendship group in parliament.
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