In honour of Her Majesty The Queen we were delighted to receive our Third Queens Award for International Trade posthumously at The Palace of Westminster.
Out of respect for Her Majesty the occasion was deferred from last year.
We are delighted to have had as our hostess Minister of Parliament for Saffron Waldon, Kemi Badenoch (Secretary of State for Business and Trade & President of the Board of Trade )
The official presentation of the Award was carried out by The Kings Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Tollhurst , who in full ceremonial uniform bestowed upon Kestrel Liner Agencies a beautiful cut glass bowl engraved with The Queens Award emblem and title. Hand made in England. The scroll of the Award was read by Philip Tollhurst - an emotional moment as we all remembered Her Majesty The Queen.
Other dignitaries included Chairman of Essex County Cllr Jill Reeves. Cllr Heather Asker Chairman of Uttlesford District Council and Chief Executive Peter Holt.
The event was full of fun and laughter and a real pleasure to have a mixture of Kestrel employees from around the world as well as customers , ship owners and suppliers - all celebrating together as part of one diverse global team.
A spectacular cake was created by master patissier Eric Lanlard, who is so talented at capturing the theme of the occasion.
Kestrel extended thanks to the government and officials for enabling business success and supporting imports and exports , particularly throughout the Commonwealth.
The evening was a sparkling event and everyone enjoyed the terrace and views along The Thames with the backdrop of a London still in full Coronation celebration mode. Welcoming our new King of course leads us to the next challenge - that of achieving a first Kings Award for International Trade.
The beautiful Photography giving us memories to treasure was carried out by Ian Jones Photography.