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April 28, 2011
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Wajid to represent Pakistan at Royal Wedding

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April 28, 2011

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LONDON: Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan, will represent Pakistan at the ‘Royal Wedding’ on 29th April. He told Geo TV that heads of states or heads of governments of majority of the countries were not invited to the Royal Wedding. Heads of governments of only those countries which the Queen Elizabeth 11 still reigns and few other countries have been invited to the Royal Wedding. He said that Pakistan enjoys deep and friendly ties with the United Kingdom and the royal family enjoys deep respect in Pakistan.
The queen has visited Pakistan twice. Her first visit to Pakistan was in 1961, which was two weeks long and her second weeklong visit took place in 1997. Reckoning his personal meetings with the queen Hasan said that he had the chance to present his credentials twice in the capacity of High Commissioner and has met queen on several other occasions and found her an extremely pleasant and benign personality. He particularly appreciated queen’s style of conversation. Hasan also informed about royal family’s deep admiration to Pakistani mangoes and Basmati rice, stating that on one occasion queen personally conveyed her likeness for Pakistani mangoes.
Hasan also informed about the protocol to be followed by the ambassadors and high commissioners while attending the Royal Wedding. He revealed that though wives of envoys would not be attending the wedding ceremony at the Westminster Abbey, arrangements have been made for them at the Lancaster House to watch live coverage besides attending a reception by Foreign Secretary William Hague.

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