The Royal family and the British government jointly hosted the event celebrating British-Cypriot relations, Cyprus’ membership in the Commonwealth, and UK Cypriots’ contribution to British public life throughout the years.
During the reception, The Prince of Wales viewed maps of Cyprus dating back to the 1870s, and artefacts from the Bronze Age Cypriot town of Enkomi. pic.twitter.com/zyDn3PXqSi
— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) March 4, 2019
Guests included more than 150 scientists, businessmen, artists, academics, professionals and other members of the Cypriot diaspora in Great Britain who have excelled in their professions.
Among them were the economist Christopher Pissarides, the scientist Kypros Nicolaides, businessman Theo Paphites and many others.
Thank You Your Royal Highness Prince Charles of Wales @ClarenceHouse, for tonight's event taking place for the first time in the Buckingham Palace, in celebration of the vibrant Cypriot diaspora community in the UK and the historic ties our countries enjoy. 🇬🇧 🇨🇾 pic.twitter.com/NczZePNvtk
— Nicos Anastasiades (@AnastasiadesCY) March 4, 2019
In his speech, President Anastasiades thanked His Royal Highness for the invitation and his hospitality for the special event. The festivities marked the first time that the Cypriot diaspora and the bilateral ties of the UK and Cyprus were formally celebrated at Buckingham Palace.
On his behalf, Prince Charles noted that the island of Cyprus has long captured the imagination of the British ”who have been falling in love with it,” as the island’s influence over the years has been felt far and wide.
With information from C.N.A.