On 8 June 2022, the British Embassy in Kazakhstan held a reception in Nur-Sultan to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday.
Queen Elizabeth II turned 96 on 21 April, but her official birthday is celebrated on the second Saturday in June each year, which is commemorated with the Trooping the Colour parade.
Her Majesty’s birthday is the UK’s National Day, and for British embassies all over the world, it is a good opportunity to celebrate this day with partners and friends.
This year, we celebrate the Platinum Jubilee year for HM The Queen, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. On 6 February 2022, HM the Queen became the first British monarch ever to make it to a Platinum Jubilee. She had already broken the record of the longest-reigning British monarch back in September 2015 when she overtook Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years 216 days.
The event in Nur-Sultan also celebrated the close, strong relations between the UK and Kazakhstan for the last 30 years. Climate change was also an important topic of the evening. This year the UK holds the COP26 Presidency, meaning there is a lot of ongoing work with governments and organisations to make sure they deliver on the Glasgow Climate Pact, turning momentum into action. As the climate has a huge effect on our livelihoods, our health, and our future, we should all take steps to tackle climate change.
Over 500 guests joined the celebration, including members of government, civil society institutions, business, journalists, Kazakh alumni of British universities, the diplomatic community and the British community living in Kazakhstan.
The British Embassy Nur-Sultan would like to thank our partners and sponsors, EY, Air Astana, Eurasia Group, nVent, Aniri Group, AstraZeneca, Raimbek Alco for their generous support. Their sponsorship helped us to deliver a vivid and memorable event.