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Jun 2012 Journal

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AJR representatives at Buckingham Palace for Diamond Jubilee celebrations

AJR Co-Director Michael Newman and AJR member Clemens Nathan had the honour of attending a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Both are members of the Board of the Anglo-Jewish Association (Clemens is a former President and Michael is the current Deputy President), which, together with the Board of Deputies, has enjoyed since Victorian times the status of one of Her Majesty’s Privileged Bodies of the Crown.

It is a great privilege to be able to pay homage to the reigning monarch at special and historically important times. On this occasion, 27 delegations ranging from the churches, various town mayors and royal boroughs, the Chairman of the Bank of England as well as Mayor Boris Johnson representing London and the Knights of the Garter, were present.

Representatives of each delegation made a short speech and presented a scroll to Her Majesty. His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh sat next to her at the front of the magnificent Throne Room. This was followed by a reception in the Queen’s Gallery, where the Royal Couple mingled with the distinguished guests. There the Queen asked Michael whether the wishes of our delegation that she should live to 120 years included mental as well as physical health. He assured her that this was the case!

Clemens Nathan

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