In London on Monday night (19 December) Queen Elizabeth II attended the last Silver Jubilee function of the year.....
SV: Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh greeted by Cyprus High commissioner at Marlborough House, London.
SV: Malaysian High Commissioner arriving.
SV: Singapore High Commissioner arrives.
SV: Cyprus High Commissioner presents Queen with gold candlestick, followed by applause
MV: Duke of Edinburgh Queen Elizabeth, and High Commissioners posing for group photograph. (3 shots)
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Background: In London on Monday night (19 December) Queen Elizabeth II attended the last Silver Jubilee function of the year.....a banquet given by all the Commonwealth High Commissioners.
SYNOPSIS: The banquet was held at Marlborough House, where the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed by the Cypriot High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr Costas Ashiotis. In the past few years, Marlborough House has been the scene of many important Commonwealth meetings.
Among the 34 High Commissioners who attended the banquet was the Malaysian High Commissioner, His Excellency Datuk Abdullah Bin Ali.
He was followed by His Excellency Mr Jek Yeun Thong, the High Commissioner for Singapore.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation to the Queen of a set of gold and filigree candlesticks. The set was from the High Commissioners, on behalf of their respective governments, to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
The candlesticks were made by a Commonwealth craftsman, the noted Australian goldsmith, Mr Stuart Devlin, who holds regular exhibitions in London.
Then it was the turn of the photographers and the High Commissioners gathered with the royal couple for their official silver Jubilee photograph. For the Queen, this marked the end of a round of dinners, displays and official functions which have been underway all year to mark the 25th anniversary of her accession to the throne. The functions have been both at home and abroad. In the course of the year, the Queen has toured twelve commonwealth countries. Queen Elizabeth now returns to normal duties, after the most demanding year since her coronation.