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UK trade office throws Jubliee party in Taipei

The China Post--The de facto United Kingdom embassy in Taiwan yesterday held a party in Taipei to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee and her birthday together with 400 guests.

"Sixty years is a long time both in human span and modern history — in a world which has seen unprecedented change over the last six decades," David Campbell, director of the British Trade & Cultural Office (BTCO), yesterday during his opening speech.

The UK representative said Queen Elizabeth II's reign is the second longest in British history after Queen Victoria. During Elizabeth's reign, there have been 12 British prime ministers.

"Today's Prime Minister David Cameron was born one year after Sir Winston Churchill's death (the queen's first prime minister) and 14 years after Queen Elizabeth came to the throne," he noted.

The queen is also the most traveled monarch in UK history. She has undertaken 96 state visits to 116 different countries during her past six decades on the throne, the BTCO head said.

Campbell said it is his pleasure to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and her 86th birthday with Taiwanese friends.

Speaking in front of Taiwan's Deputy Foreign Minister Tung Kuo-yu among others guests, he also pointed out that Taiwan-UK relations have become a lot closer for the past year with increased bilateral tradings and more frequent cultural exchanges.

Taiwan also became a member of the Youth Mobility Scheme last year, which allows Taiwanese youths to stay in the U.K. on a working holiday program for as long as two years, he added. Taiwan is the second member in Asia to become a part of this program after Japan.

With an upcoming London Olympics next month, Campbell extended best wishes to Taiwanese sportspeople in the international multi-sports event.

"As well as being the greatest sporting event on earth, I am sure the Games will showcase the creativity and innovation of the global city that is London," he noted.

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