By John Smith •
Published: 21 May 2018 • 7:37
THE British Embassy in Spain 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 and British associations such as the British Hispanic Foundation or the British Ladies Association.
Also recognised were news outlets such as the EWN Media Group (whose representatives attended the event), Costa Blanca 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.
“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”, Ambassador 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.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development.
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