Photo: Kensington Palace.
Updated 19 May: The British Embassy in Spain has joined in the celebration of the Royal wedding between Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle by hosting a party in the residence of the British Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley.
Inspired by the Royal couple’s desire for the day to reflect their characters and values, and their invitation to those from around the UK linked to their charitable work, the British embassy has celebrated this wonderful occasion in Madrid together with British citizens and others who have made an outstanding contribution to their local communities from across Spain.
Through the award of a diploma, the Ambassador has acknowledged the invaluable work of community organisations such as Cancer Support Mallorca, the University of the Third Age U3A and the Samaritans in Spain; church groups and cemetery foundations such as the British Cemetery Foundation Madrid; military organisations such as the Royal British Legion, British associations such as the British Hispanic Foundation or the British Ladies Association; and news outlets such as Costa Blanca News, EuroWeekly News and SUR in English. British educational institutions and Spanish town halls have also been awarded, as well as some honorary consuls and British citizens that have collaborated on public awareness campaigns.
The FCO says that today’s wonderful event today illustrates the enormous breadth and depth of the contributions made by British people working with our local partners in almost every corner of Spain, including community groups that work with the elderly and the unwell, the Royal British Legion, church groups, British schools representing the 55,000 children who study in British schools across Spain , and of course, local partners including Town Halls and Honorary Consuls. “It has been an honour to meet such a huge range of inspirational people today, and celebrate this Royal wedding together”, HMA Simon Manley said.
Following the presentation of diplomas the attendees were able to witness the Wedding service, screened live on various TVs through BBC coverage. The FCO has also revealed the charities the couple has chosen to support going forward, organizations which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about. They are:
Children’s HIV Association, Crisis (the national charity for homeless people), Myna Mahila Foundation (a charity which empowers women in Mumbai’s urban slums),Scotty’s Little Soldiers (the charity offers vital support to children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces); StreetGames (uses sport to change lives across the UK), Surfers Against Sewage (a national marine conservation and campaigning charity), The Wilderness Foundation UK (promotes the benefits and enjoyment of wild nature).
Original post 18 May: The UK’s Foreign Office says that although most people in Spain won’t be able to access it via the BBC, tomorrow’s Royal Wedding will also be available for all to see on the Royal Channel on Youtube HERE live and for 24 hours following the event.
The FCO has also provided THIS link to a downloadable short video-message from HMA Simon Manley to mark the occasion, and where he outlines the details of the party he will host at his Residence in Madrid together with British citizens and others who have made an outstanding contribution to their local communities from across Spain. There will be a press release and pictures of the event at the Residence available from tomorrow.