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  • 25 January 2019

    On Friday, 25th January 2019, a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and the UK took place at the Polish Embassy, with literature, music and food links the main themes of the event.

     

    The evening saw talks on the history of British Library’s Polonica collection by Magda Szkuta and the history of the Polish pierogi by Marc Meltonville from the Historic Royal Palaces. This was followed by a performance of early modern Polish and English choral songs by Alexandra Loewe and the Psallite Singers.

     

    Among the guests gathered at the event were numerous academics from UK and American institutions, with special guest being the Earl of St Andrews.

     

    Speaking at the event, Ambassador of Poland Arkady Rzegocki said: “I am pleased to launch the first of a series of cultural events celebrating 250 years of Poland’s bilateral relations with the United Kingdom. Through all those years, our relationship has lived through many difficult moments of history together, and our relationship is one that has gone from strength to strength.”

     

    In 1769, King Stanisław August Poniatowski officially established Poland’s diplomatic relations with Great Britain by sending to London the first Polish envoy, Tadeusz Burzyński. Polish diplomatic presence in the British Isles, however, dates back much earlier, at least to the Elizabethan times, when Paweł Działyński was sent on a mission to the country in 1597.

     

    Polish Embassy UK Press Office

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