In pictures: Patricia Scotland is welcomed as new Commonwealth secretary-general

By on 05/04/2016
Welcome to Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General

Patricia Scotland QC, the new secretary-general of the Commonwealth, greets attendants at her welcome event on London on 4 April

 

Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General with Malta High Commissioner, Norman Hamilton

Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth secretary-general with Malta high commissioner Norman Hamilton

 

Quadrille Dancers

Scotland’s welcome event on Monday featured traditionally Caribbean quadrille dancers

 

Steel pan performers

Steal drum artists added another Caribbean touch to the event

 

Members of the London Gospel Choir, performing for guests as they arrive to Welcome

Members of the London Gospel Choir were performing for guests as they arrived to welcome Baroness Scotland

 

Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, and Sir Trevor Mcdonald

Baroness Scotland is pictured with Sir Trevor Mcdonald, a Trinidadian British newsreader and journalist who is best known for his career as a news presenter with ITN

 

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, being applauded as she enters the main conference room at Marlborough House

Commonwealth secretary-general, Patricia Scotland received a big round of applause when she entered  the main conference room at Marlborough House, London, on Monday

 

Hugh Quarshie enthrals guests in attendance during a reading of this year's commonwealth Essay competition winner originally written by Paraschos Cant from Cyprus

Monday’s morning programme featured a contribution by Ghanaian-born British actor Hugh Quarshie

 

Hugh Quarshie

He read out a piece by this year’s Commonwealth essay competition winner Paraschos Cant from Cyprus

 

Acting High Commissioner for Dominica Ms Janet Charles

Acting high commissioner for Dominica Janet Charles gave an introductory speech for Baroness Scotland

 

Acting High Commissioner for Dominica Ms Janet Charles and Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

Charles gives Scotland a big hug before handing the stage to the new Commonwealth chief

 

Commonwealth Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC

Patricia Scotland QC delivers a speech setting out her priorities for the next four years

 

Soul Singer, Heather Small

Monday’s event was concluded with a performance by British soul icon Heather Small

 

Soul singer, Heather Small

Heather Small is best known for being the lead singer in the band M People

 

Secretary-General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC, flanked by a contingent of Caribbean high commissioners

Scotland takes a group photo with a contingent of Caribbean high commissioners

About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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