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BLC fetes queen’s anniversary

Snapshots 19.06.2012 Aaron Grunwald
Photo: Charles Caratini

Community: Luxembourg residents celebrated Queen Elisabeth II’s 60 years on the throne at the British Ladies Club’s diamond jubilee gala on Saturday.

Cynthia Albrecht-Lelliott, MBE and honorary vice president of the British Ladies Club
Cynthia Albrecht-Lelliott, MBE and honorary vice president of the British Ladies Club
Britain's ambassador to Luxembourg, Alice Walpole
Britain's ambassador to Luxembourg, Alice Walpole
From left: George Bush, David Fetter, Alice Walpole, Haley and Robert Newkirk
From left: George Bush, David Fetter, Alice Walpole, Haley and Robert Newkirk
From left: Murat Susutoglu, Tedd and Julie Cowling, and Debbie Susutoglu
From left: Murat Susutoglu, Tedd and Julie Cowling, and Debbie Susutoglu
Matthew Dawson (left), Cynthia Albrecht-Lelliott  (second from left)
Matthew Dawson (left), Cynthia Albrecht-Lelliott (second from left)
From left: Nicholas Pnevmatikakis, Ianna Touli, George and Eleni Krokos
From left: Nicholas Pnevmatikakis, Ianna Touli, George and Eleni Krokos
From left: Jeroen Span, Dena Haggarty, Becky and Matt Gollackner
From left: Jeroen Span, Dena Haggarty, Becky and Matt Gollackner
Petra Berndt and Daniel Becker
Petra Berndt and Daniel Becker
From left: David Gomez, Jim Helfgott and Tim Davis
From left: David Gomez, Jim Helfgott and Tim Davis
From left: Fran Oseman, Jenny Deane Keenan and Alison Amos
From left: Fran Oseman, Jenny Deane Keenan and Alison Amos
Debbie Susutoglu and Sharleen Helfgott
Debbie Susutoglu and Sharleen Helfgott
From left: Andy Farmer, David Bennetts, Karen Farmer and Eileen Bennetts
From left: Andy Farmer, David Bennetts, Karen Farmer and Eileen Bennetts
Miriam Odman and Leslie Woodhall
Miriam Odman and Leslie Woodhall
From left: Nick Graybrrok, Kylie Morrison and Manfred Schastock
From left: Nick Graybrrok, Kylie Morrison and Manfred Schastock
Linda Woodhall and Bonnie Ham
Linda Woodhall and Bonnie Ham
From left: Pat Chambers and Tessa Collins Pettinger, Hilary Guerra
From left: Pat Chambers and Tessa Collins Pettinger, Hilary Guerra
Roger Pettinger and Tessa Collins Pettinger
Roger Pettinger and Tessa Collins Pettinger
From left: Moira Hogg, Dennis and Margo Robertson, David Robertson, Luc de Vet, and Anna Rohrs
From left: Moira Hogg, Dennis and Margo Robertson, David Robertson, Luc de Vet, and Anna Rohrs
The event was held at the Parc Alvisse Hotel
The event was held at the Parc Alvisse Hotel
Kylie Morrison and Sandra Von Esebeck
Kylie Morrison and Sandra Von Esebeck
Nicholas Pnevmatikakis and Ianna Trouli
Nicholas Pnevmatikakis and Ianna Trouli
George and Eleni Krokos
George and Eleni Krokos
Andree Regnier, Jenny Deane Keenan, Fran Oseman and Alison Amos
Andree Regnier, Jenny Deane Keenan, Fran Oseman and Alison Amos
Photo: Charles Caratini

The keynote speaker, Alice Walpole, Britain’s ambassador to the Grand Duchy, spoke of her own chance to meet the queen at a traditional “kissing hands” ceremony held for the installation of British officials earlier this year.

The speech complemented the evening of crément welcome drinks, a three course dinner and then dancing. “The dance floor was virtually full once the music started,” Sandra Von Esebeck, one of the evening’s organisers, told Delano. “We danced into the early hours and it was great fun.”

Naturally, the group proposed a toast to the British Queen and to the Grand Duke of Luxembourg.

For Von Esebeck, it was a moment to reflect on the British “monarch who has worked tirelessly in her role, one that was thrust upon her at an early age. She’s obviously lived a privileged life, but she’s paid back more than could be expected to her country and in service to her subjects.”

“I think the nation respects that and celebrated that over the days of the jubilee,” Von Esebeck added. “I think it’s an occasion like this that makes you proud of your own nation.”

The BLC evening was not limited to club members, nor to the British for that matter. Among the nearly 90 participants were Luxembourgers, Americans, Australians, Greeks and Italians, who ranged in age from the 30s to 80s.

The British Ladies Club promotes itself as a “fun social club for women and their families in and around Luxembourg. Our members are from over 40 different nationalities and we offer a wide range of activities, from events for children to sports, crafts and evenings out.”

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