JEDDAH: The 92nd birthday of Queen Elizabeth II was celebrated at the British Consulate on Monday.
The theme of the evening was “Women in society” as the UK was also celebrating the 100th anniversary of women being given the right to vote. Also on Monday, a son was born to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The celebration included the attendance of a number of the diplomatic corps, including the head of Makkah branch of the Foreign Ministry, Jamal Balkhaior.
The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, Simon Collis, and the consul general of Britain in Jeddah, Barrie Peach, delivered a welcoming speech to the guests.
Collis said: “This year in most British councils and embassies around the world we celebrate under the theme ‘Women in Society,’ and it is worth mentioning that Saudi Arabia this year was also very important for women as many important developments have accrued thanks to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”
“We are waiting for women to be able to drive,” said Collis, “but what is more important is the growing opportunity of employing Saudi women in different sectors, and I am glad to say that the British government is providing support in this crucial work as we in Britain consider the Vision 2030 a new historical stage.”
Peach told Arab News: “This year has been a very important one in the bilateral relationship between our two Kingdoms as we recently had the visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the UK, where he met the Queen.”
“We signed a strategic partnership with the Kingdom which will see the establishment of a strategic partnership council which essentially says that the UK is very happy and willing to support Saudi Arabia as it seeks to implement all aspects of Vision 2030, and we have a whole range of projects that seek to help Saudi Arabia as you build capacity in a whole range of sectors,” he added.