French Embassy celebrates 14 July in style
Ambassador Bermann hosts reception in London’s Kensington Palace Gardens in the presence of Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond
14 July 2015
The Ambassador hosted a reception at the French Residence to celebrate France’s National Day.
Among the guests at London’s Kensington Palace Gardens was British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond who addressed guests on the subject of Franco-British relations.
In his speech Philip Hammond celebrated (in French!) Franco-British cooperation on all major international issues and asked guests to raise their glasses to the friendship that exists between France and the UK.
Shortly afterwards, Ambassador Bermann awarded France’s highest honour, the Légion d’honneur, to British Second World war veteran Michael Noss, and French veteran Charles Calis.
In her speech the Ambassador said: "We owe our freedom and security in large part to these gentlemen’s dedication and readiness to risk their lives. They teach us a lesson which we must strive to pass on to future generations. They embody the virtues of self sacrifice, perseverance and dedication to the cause - virtues which society could learn from today."
Other guests at the reception included the BBC’s Economics Editor Robert Peston, the Editor of the Financial Times, Lionel Barber, peers Baroness Ashton and Lord Ashdown, Labour Shadow Ministers Liz Kendall and Emma Reynolds, and Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb. All were treated to the very best in French wine and gastronomy, including well-known brands Pernod Ricard, Perrier-Jouët and Ladurée, making the evening a truly memorable occasion for all.
See photos from the 14 July reception here.