On Thursday 2 June 2016 from 6pm-8pm, the Queen’s 90th Birthday was celebrated in style at the Northern Club, Princes Street, Auckland City. The British New Zealand Business Association partnered with The Royal Commonwealth Society, Monarchy New Zealand and the Northern Club to host a Cocktail Party for members and their family and friends.
The location of the celebration was the Northern Club, which has 145 years of history. The building is cloaked in ivy and from the moment you step inside it has a very elegant ambience with wonderful views of Auckland City, and impressive chandeliers which light the main reception area. Being so steeped in history, it was the perfect choice for such a prestigious occasion. Guests chatted with each other while having a glass of wine or fruit juice and they sampled a selection of delicious canapés. These included mini beef wellington with the ‘melt in your mouth’ pastry, raw salmon, club sandwiches, coronation chicken served on individual spoons and mini mince pies, to name a few of the delicacies.
A happy group of guests
After a short time of socialising, the Guest Speaker, Dr Sean Palmer was introduced. Dr. Sean Palmer is the Chair of Monarchy New Zealand and has a PhD and Masters degrees on the role of the monarchy in the 16 Commonwealth Realms. His studies focussed particularly on the importance of the crown in the development and defence of democracy. He received the Diamond and Golden Jubilee medals from the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario for service to the crown. Sean is based in Wellington where he works for Simon O’Connor, MP for Tamaki.
Sean spoke about the contemporary importance of the monarchy for the New Zealand identity and the role it plays in the New Zealand system of democratic government. The guests found this talk most interesting and it invited quite a few questions from guests.
Dr Sean Palmer
After Sean’s talk, the guests sang ‘God Save The Queen’ with great enthusiasm, the Queen was toasted and after more chatting the evening wound up about 8.30pm. It was a huge success, there was a great atmosphere and new friends and connections were made.