Latvian President Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady of Latvia, Iveta Vējone, had an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London on Tuesday, July 19. During the audience, the President of Latvia invited Her Majesty to visit Latvia in 2018 for the celebration of Latvia’s centennial.
In describing the upcoming celebrations, President Vejonis noted that Latvia is planning an extensive cultural program in Latvia and abroad, and the United Kingdom will be included.
During the conversation with the Queen, the President of Latvia stressed that the United Kingdom was an important partner for Latvia as evidenced by the close cooperation at various levels and in various formats. “Our countries have very close economic ties, making the UK one of the major trading partners of Latvia,” said the President of Latvia.
President Vejonis also met members of the Latvian diaspora community on his visit to the UK, and encouraged them to maintain strong connections with Latvia. The meeting with the President was attended by around 160 Latvia nationals permanently residing in the United Kingdom,.
During the meeting with members of the diaspora, Raimonds Vējonis confirmed that people with Latvian roots and origins that are residing abroad are a very important part of Latvia and this applies to Latvians of all ages who have left Latvia in different periods both after World War II and in the last decades.
I am delighted by the spirit of friendship I see in the Latvian community here. It is important for Latvians abroad to be helping one another and sticking together.. Let us not forget where we came from and let us keep Latvian traditions alive, President Vejonis said.
President Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady, Iveta Vējone, went on official visit to London, the United Kingdom, from July 18th to July 20th. During his official visit, the President of Latvia had an audience with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, he met with the Speaker of the House of Lords, Baroness D'Souza, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow. He also visited with representatives of the Latvian community including the Daugavas Vanagi, and he visited the Headquarters of NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.