Monday, June 16, 2014, in ACTMEDIA
On 13 June, the Ambassador of Romanian to the Court of St James’s, Dr Ion Jinga, was awarded Freeman of the City of London, the Romanian Embassy informs. The event took place in the Chamberlain’s Court Room at the Guildhall, the historical administrative headquarters of London’s financial district.
The ambassador of Romania was nominated by Dr John Smail, Alderman and Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London, and by Alderman Anne Holden, Past Master of the Guild. He joins a prestigious list of Freemen which includes, among others, royals, political and religious personalities, famous artists, writers, musicians, outstanding business people and a few foreign ambassadors.
Receiving the certificate, Dr Jinga said: “It is a huge privilege to serve as Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St James’s. I see this Freedom as a symbol of the excellent bilateral relations between Romania and Great Britain under the aegis of our Strategic Partnership, and as recognition of the loyal commitment I made six years ago to ever closer ties between our two countries. “
The award ceremony was conducted by Mr Paul Double, Remembrancer of the City of London. Among the ambassador’s guests were Sir Gavyn Arthur, the 675th Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Nick Anstee, the 682nd Lord Mayor of the City, Baroness Gloria Hooper, Baroness Emma Nicholson, Lord Quentin Davies, Lord Peter Bowness, Lord Alfred Dubs, Lord Alan Watson, Sir George Iacobescu, Chairman of Canary Wharf, Radu Podgorean, Deputy Foreign Minister of Romania, John Bennett, Chief Commoner of the City of London, Dr John Smail, Master of the Guild of Freemen of the City of London, Alderman Anne Holden, Past Master of the Guild, Dr Jonathan Eyal, Director at the Royal United Services Institute, Andrew Popper, Honorary Chief of HM King Michael’s House, Nicolae Rațiu, Chairman of the Rațiu Family Foundation, soprano Nelly Miricioiu-Kirk, writer Mike Phillips, diplomats, journalists, barristers, representatives of the business community in the City of London and members of the Romanian community in London.