On 6 February 2014, Sir Ian McKellen visited the British Consulate General New York to celebrate the donation of a portrait taken of him in 1969 by Michael Peto. The portrait was donated by the University of Dundee for display in the consulate’s event space. Sir Ian discussed his early days as an actor, when the photo was taken, and kindly chatted with staff. He also showed off his Macbeth tartan tie.
The GREAT Tech Awards will celebrate the strong relationship between the technology scenes in the UK and the US reinforcing the message that cities such as London and New York are leading hubs for technology and innovation.
Prizes will be awarded to five New York-based technology companies in the fields of hardware, education, lifestyle, finance and media. An Advisors’ Choice Award will recognise a successful British tech company that has established a dynamic presence in the New York market.
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Prince Harry hits a home run at Harlem RBI!
Prince Harry practices his baseball skills at Harlem RBI
Harlem RBI is a youth development program that provides youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow through the sport of baseball.
British Army & Royal Navy join Play Rugby USA for youth outreach
On 14 March, members of the HMS Edinburgh crew joined members of the British Army’s 101 and 33 Engineer Regiments – who were in town as part of the Redwings Rugby Tour – to participate in a community outreach event organised in conjunction with Play Rugby USA.
Play Rugby, whose philosophy is to “develop youth through rugby”, uses the sport to teach kids in need of support about teamwork and leadership, while developing their character through the promotion of citizenship, commitment, discipline and respect.
The British Armed Forces teamed up to visit 5 elementary, middle and high schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, where they helped coach dozens of NYC schoolchildren in both tag and tackle rugby.
UKTI & deVere USA Inc host Financial Planning for International Investors and Expatriates in New York
On 13 March 2013, deVere USA Inc, the St George’s Society of the State of New York, and UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) co-hosted a financial planning seminar at the British Consulate General for over a hundred British expats living in the greater New York area. Nick Baird, the chief executive of UKTI, and Consul General Danny Lopez introduced the event.
Falkland Islanders visit New York to promote culture and tourism
On 14 March, Mike Summers OBE, a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) of the Falkland Islands, and Teslyn Barkman, an Islander who writes for the local newspaper Penguin News, visited New York to promote the culture of the Falklands and to encourage tourism to the South Atlantic archipelago.