Falkland Islands Government Reception 2014
The annual reception for friends of the Falkland islands hosted by the Falkland islands Government's representative in London, Ms. Sukey Cameron MBE, was held in the Great Hall of Lincoln's Inn on 10 June 2014.
Over 250 guests attended, including Members of Parliament, four previous Governors, two CBFs, the Bishop for the Falklands, senior representatives of the Armed Forces, officials from the FCO and other Whitehall Departments, plus of course Falkland islanders, friends of the Falkland Islands and members of the Falkland Island Association.
Mr Alan Huckle (Chairman of the FIA), Rt Hon Hugo Swire MP and Mr Saul Pitaluga (Vice-Chairman of the FIA)
The address by the FCO Minister, the Rt. Hon. Hugo Swire MP, (click here for full text) was roundly applauded for its strong messages of support for the Islanders' right to self-determination. The Chairman of the FIA, Mr Alan Huckle, read the Association's loyal greetings to Her Majesty the Queen and her gracious response and proposed the toast to the Queen. The MOD Minister for the Armed Forces, the Rt. Hon. Mark Francois MP, took the salute following the sunset ceremony played on the lawn by the band of the Royal Artillery.
These receptions are normally held on a weekday close to 14 June, the anniversary of the liberation of the Falkland Islands by British armed forces from the illegal Argentine occupation of the Islands in 1982. But the first such reception was held in 1974 as a means of generating support for the Islanders' cause at a time when the then British Government seemed less certain in their defence."