Latvian Ambassador Baiba Braze was joined by parliamentarians, diplomats and friends to celebrate Latvia’s 98th Anniversary of Statehood – her first national day in London.
Wearing folk dress and a garland, the Ambassador addressed guests, reminding them of the support and sacrifice the Royal Navy offered to the 4000-year-old nation in its fight for statehood at the end of WWI.
“We hope that will not be necessary again,” she said, toasting “partnership, freedom and for our joint future.”
Mark Prisk MP, special envoy for the Baltics, said Latvia had emerged from the shackles of the Soviet Union with “an open and free society which we admire and applaud.”
Guests joined in the toast, with a shot of heady Riga Black Balsam (which doubles as a cold remedy, perfect for the cold weather!)
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