In Buenos Aires, the British Embassy he also celebrated the coronation of King Carlos III and Queen Camila. It was a very lively toast, with Nyetimber English sparkling wine, Argentinian wines, an exquisite menu with quiche, the favorite of the new UK monarch, and desserts creatively finished with flags, photos of the kings and crowns.
The celebration began at 11am, the time the coronation in London had finished.
The diplomatic delegation meeting with the British community, the descendants of that community, the authorities of our country, businessmen, the diplomatic corps and representatives of Argentine society also made it possible to ascertain the respect of the British for the continuity of an ancient institution which , Facing the 21st century, shows signs of modernization, despite criticism from Republicans for its anachronism.
At the embassy there was also a nod to Scotland, the country where Ambassador Hayes comes from, and the talks among the guests were on the side of the need to take advantage of these new winds in Great Britain to improve relations, with the necessary nuances , but trying to preserve the cultural and commercial bridges.
Several looped screenshots have captured a good deal of what Carlos III has done – in his former role as Prince of Wales in various countries and as part of the board of numerous philanthropic institutions. In panels set up as an exhibition, the visit that the current British monarch made to Argentina during the presidency of Carlos Menem deserved a prominent place.
In conversation with Clarín, Ambassador Kirsty Hayes -who has a great sense of humour- said she got up early to watch the coronation live (there are four hours difference between Buenos Aires and London): “The program at Buenos Aires doesn’t help us much. Difficult to define the event. Our first idea was to do a live streaming from the residence. But perhaps it would have worked given the interest this event has had in our country”.
The ambassador, who is leaving for the UK tomorrow for an event at Buckingham Palace, said watching the event from Buenos Aires “allowed her to be with the British community, the Argentine guests and have the best of both worlds.” .
The almost non-existent presence of political leaders on the occasion attracted attention. Neither the government, with the exception of Vice Chancellor Pablo Tettamanti, nor the opposition were represented with their most relevant swords. Perhaps this absence is due to the fact that this celebration, according to various sources consulted, was more limited in the number of guests.
Another note to note is that Ambassador Hayes’ speech only alluded to the coronation and visit of Carlos III to Argentina in 1999, but did not go into the details of the bilateral relationship between the two countries.
All without frills as is customary on a cultural occasion.
Accompanied by his wife Brenda McCormack, Facundo Gómez Minujin, president of AmCham (Argentine North American Chamber of Commerce) commented to Clarín: “We celebrate today with the United Kingdom because we think that, beyond the question of war, we must think about strengthening ties between the two countries. For the British, this is a very important moment, so we must respect the traditions of other countries”.
In his speech, tinged with personal anecdotes, Ambassador Hayes highlighted the profound symbolism of the coronation which has been held in Westminster Abbey since 1066. And speaking of the modernist touches that Charles III added on this occasion, the diplomat underlined: “He wanted this opportunity to serve to further his passions: youth, community, diversity and sustainability.”
The Ambassador then recounted her meetings with Carlos III and Camila, recalled the trip of the then Prince of Wales to our country in 1999 while images of the activities that the current king carried out at the time were reproduced on the screens. Among others, laying a wreath at the South Atlantic War Memorial, a charity polo match, a visit to an organic farming project and a visit to the British Hospital.
Present at the celebration, the president of the Superior Court of Justice of the City of Buenos Aires, Judge Inés Weinberg de Roca, said: “This is a historic moment for the United Kingdom. Argentina is linked to this country by age-old relationships, sometimes more fraternal, sometimes more conflicting, but constant even in its vicissitudes.
This is an important moment of continuity and change for the UK.”
The Argentine Deputy Foreign Minister Pablo Tettamanti was also present at the celebration. consulted by clarion He said: “This coronation marks the validity of an old tradition of a country with which Argentina has had historic relations, with which we continue to maintain many ties ranging from cultural to economic, and beyond the dispute that both countries keep the Malvinas Islands, Argentina has been very close in a very difficult time for the United Kingdom. And also it is necessary to underline that the United Kingdom has made large investments in infrastructure in our country”.
The ambassador added that “across the different political regimes, the important thing is to highlight what the tradition of the coronation of a new king means to the British people and to be close to reaffirm those ties. The relationship with the UK is comprehensive and we look forward to resolving any outstanding issues accordingly.”
The Orquesta de los Barrios, made up of young musicians from different neighborhoods of the city of Buenos Aires and led by Néstor Tedesco, performed the hymn God Save The King. There was no shortage of Scottish bagpipes, a classic of the celebrations at the British embassy, and a message was also read that King Charles III sent to all his country’s embassies around the world.
Among the dishes on the menu it was possible to taste an exquisite vegetable pie prepared with the recipe of the royal chef Mark Flanagan, known as the coronation quiche. And the highlight was the cutting of the crown cake and all.
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