The British-Luxembourg Society is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
The British-Luxembourg Society is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
It is with heartfelt gratitude that the Members, Patrons and Council will remember her unwavering leadership and guidance over the last 70 years.
Our sincere thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sorrowful time.
A book of condolence and a designated place to leave floral tributes is available at the British Embassy, 5 Bvd Joseph II, L-1840 It will be remain open to the public every week day from 9am till 5pm up until the funeral and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am till 1pm.
On Friday 18th March the BLS launched its programme to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Louise Benjamin , Darren Robinson and Jacqui Spence were guests of Lisa Burke on the new RTL English Radio Channel.
Jacqui Spence traced the early history of the Society, its formation in 1947 as a mark of gratitude to the United Kingdom for all the support during the war. One of its first actions was to raise funds to erect a statue of Winston Churchill in the capital, now situated on the Place Winston Churchill in the city centre. Due to the generosity of donors the excess funds went to establishing the Churchill Memorial Lecture.
The Society developed a wide range of social and cultural events which have continued to this day. These included the foundation of an English Language library, English Language classes, concerts, art exhibitions and other social events.
Darren Robinson described how after a few years when many of the society’s activities went into abeyance, the Brexit vote galvanised the British Community in Luxembourg to show how much they valued the shared friendship between Luxembourg and the United Kingdom . With the invaluable help of the then Ambassador John Marshall, the Council was reinvigorated under the wise leadership of its President, the late Jacques Losch and as we approach the 75th anniversary the Council is full of enthusiasm for the future.
Louise Benjamin, the current and first woman President of the Council outlined the exciting programme for this anniversary year.
The first event will be a talk by Jessica Spence on “Navigating a Global Career”- on the 29th March. Jessica grew up in Luxembourg, but has made a global career having grown up in the multi-cultural environment of Luxembourg , to which she attributes much of her passion for working with people from diverse cultural and linguistic traditions.
The Flagship event of the year, the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture follows on the 30th May. To mark this significant milestone the Society has been very fortunate to be able to introduce President Jean Claude Juncker as the key speaker. President Juncker has for many years been a leading European statesman. We are delighted he has accepted to speak at this important event.
Other events will include a summer reception at the residence of the British Ambassador, an academic lecture on the history of Luxembourg and its relations with the United Kingdom to be given by Professor Guy Thewes, a poetry competition to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and a trip to London in the autumn.
The celebrations will close with a gala dinner at the Château de Bourglinster in October.
Please check our website and Facebook pages for full details, we hope to welcome many of our members over the year.
Listen to an edited version of the interview with Louise, Jacqui and Darren by clicking the play button under the image above.
The full podcast “In-conversation-with-lisa-burke - In the shadows of war” can be found here
The British-Luxembourg Society Celebrates its 75th Anniversary year
We are delighted to announce thatPresident Jean-Claude Juncker will be our guest speaker at the Sir Winston Churchill Memorial Lecture on Monday 30 May at 6pm at the Abbaye Neumunster. If you are not yet a member please do join the Society so that you can be part of this momentous event. As a member you can also enjoy our Summer cocktail at the Residence of the Embassy on 12 July.
Other 75th anniversary events include the Jubilee poetry competition about the Queen’s Jubilee. We have a History talk later in the year on the UK’s diplomacy’s part in Luxembourg history and a history tour of the Abbaye Neumunster in advance of our Churchill Memorial Lecture. We have numerous other events lined up including a fascinating trip to London to explore backstage and out of bounds for tourist sights. A Gala dinner will round off the year and a few other art and cultural events will be advised shortly.
Louise Benjamin, President of the British-Luxembourg Society
It is with great pleasure that the British-Luxembourg Society announce the appointment of David and Marilyn Clark as their first Honorary Members.
Louise Benjamin, President of the Society, says ‘Our immediate past President, David Clark has been outstanding over the last 3 years, his passion has been integral to all the advances which the Society has made in recent times. He has distinguished himself as President to whom the Society can be forever grateful. He leaves the Society in a strong position to deepen and maintain the bonds of friendship between Luxembourg and the United Kingdom at a crucial moment in history. On behalf of the Council and Patrons we also wish to thank Marilyn Clark for welcoming us all into their home and hosting our lively and productive council meetings.’
David Clark says ‘My wife and I are honoured to receive this unique membership. My tenure as President has been very rewarding and although I have stepped off the Council, I remain committed to supporting the Society. Thank you to all the members, sponsors, past and present Council and Patrons. I am delighted to leave the Council in the hands of such a competent and dedicated team headed by the new President Louise Benjamin.’
David Clark held the position of President of the Luxembourg-British Society from 2018-2021. He is currently Chairman of the Oxford University Society for Luxembourg and is also a Member of the Luxembourg Society in the UK.