Due to Covid, the embassy says it needs to reinvent the way it fulfills its diplomatic role – including its annual QBP celebration in June, one of the highlights on its calendar.
This time, to combine her usual welcome towards French contacts with an openness to the British community, she is hosting a virtual QBP on Tuesday June 22 by invitation then a second audience with different themes on Thursday June 24.
All British people in France are invited to this one-off event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pre-registration is essential, on this link.
The party will take place through a dedicated website and will be a mix of pre-recorded content and live events. The Embassy hopes to create an enjoyable experience for attendees, with content ranging from images from all of the Queen’s visits to France to cocktail-making masterclasses and an interview with Sir David Attenborough.
At the same time, it will provide practical advice, in particular concerning the need to apply for a Withdrawal Agreement residence permit before June 30.
A spokeswoman for the embassy said The connection they hope that the party will reach some of those who ignored the mandatory requirements because they are so immersed in their French life or who were slow to think about it.
Ambassador Ed Llewellyn said: “Due to Covid-19, we cannot hold our traditional garden party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday at the residence this year. We have therefore decided to move the event online, which gives us the opportunity to also open a special event focused on British citizens in France.
“My team organized interactive sessions on the application for a residence permit, how to register with the French health system, the latest information on driving licenses and an opportunity to learn more about the wider work of the embassy in France.
“Other sessions will also include a special filmed interview with David Attenborough and me, a quiz on UK and France and much more.
“With two weeks before the June 30 deadline to apply for a residence permit, I hope that many British citizens will join us for this unique event”.
The spokesperson said the website would depict a virtual version of the ambassador’s residence near the Elysee on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
“They can walk around the residence and see some of the best Brits,” she said.
“There is content on demand, with a strong sustainability theme due to the Cop26 conference [climate change event in Glasgow in November], a lot about the royal family and some elements at specific times, such as the ambassador’s speech and his interview with David Attenborough.
“It’s also possible to meet other participants screen to screen. “
She added that the event can also be seen as the launch of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Year in 2022 and a prospect for Cop26.
“This is also the year the Duke of Edinburgh would have turned 100. There will be a Royals room with all the footage from the Queen’s official visits to France where she was always accompanied by him and there will be a commemorative video on his work on the Duke of Edinburgh’s project.
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