Ambassador honours British contribution in Spain

Ambassador honours British contribution in Spain

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; veterans organisations such as the Royal British Legion, British associations such as the British Hispanic Foundation or the British Ladies Association and news outlets.

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.

Pastor Keith Brown and his wife Cathy of La Siesta Evangelical church

“This 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. For example, we have community groups that work with the elderly and the unwell, the Royal British Legion, church groups, community groups, British schools representing the 55,000 children who study in British schools across Spain, and of course, our local partners, from Town Halls and our 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.

Amongst the many local individuals and organisations who were honoured by the embassy for their work in the community was Keith Brown and his wife Cathy. Keith has been the pastor at La Siesta Evangelical church for the last 7 years.

Nora Bond established the charity ‘Orihuela Costa Community Care Association’
Nora Bond established the charity ‘Orihuela Costa Community Care Association’

Norah Bond was another local resident who received an award from the Ambassador for her charitable efforts in the area. It was she who first established the charity ‘Orihuela Costa Community Care Association’ which is run from the Campoamor Drop in Centre alongside a multitude of other events and activities.

Following the presentation of diplomas the attendees were able to witness the Wedding service, screened live on various TVs in the residence through BBC coverage.

Background information

  • On Monday 27th November 2017 His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales was delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms. Meghan Markle.
  • The wedding has taken place at St George’s Chapel, Windsor.
  • The service began at St George’s Chapel at midday.
  • The service began at St George’s Chapel at midday and was conducted by the Dean of Windsor, The Rt Revd. David Conner. The Most Revd. and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, officiated as the couple made their marriage vows.
  • The couple will live in Nottingham Cottage at Kensington Palace.
  • Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle wanted the day to reflect their characters and values, hoping to share the fun and joy of the day with as many people as possible.
  • The couple announced plans to involve members of the public in their wedding day by inviting over 2,000 people into the grounds of Windsor Castle.
  • People have been invited from around the UK, including representatives and those who have benefited from charities which Prince Harry is involved with, as well as members of the local community in Windsor.
  • Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle are incredibly grateful for the goodwill shown to them since the announcement of their engagement and are keen that as many people as possible benefit from this generosity of spirit. The couple have therefore asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.
  • Prince Harry and Ms. Markle have personally selected seven organisations they would like to support, reflecting their shared values.
  • The couple have chosen charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about.
  • The charities chosen by Prince Harry and Ms. Markle 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);

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