Celebrating UK-India ties with Queen Elizabeth II Cup
The event was held by British Deputy High Commission Kolkata
The British Deputy High Commission Kolkata and Royal Calcutta Turf Club hosted the 67th running of the 'Queen Elizabeth II Cup' at the lawns of the club on February 8, 2019. The Queen Elizabeth II Cup race was held on February 9, 2019.
Bruce Bucknell, British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata said: "We are delighted to host our annual reception to mark the 67th running of Queen Elizabeth II Cup in collaboration with Royal Calcutta Turf Club. This annual event is a celebration of UK-India ties in Kolkata through a shared love of sports."
On the occasion of the reception, the British Deputy High Commission also showcased what Britain has to offer through virtual reality headsets with content from Invest Liverpool.
Bucknell said: "England and Wales are hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This is a great opportunity for cricket fans from Kolkata, Bengal and other parts of the country to visit the home of cricket and see games being played at iconic grounds. The Cricket World Cup tournament is also a chance to explore the nature, landscapes, culture and heritage of Britain."
Speaking on the occasion of the annual reception, Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director, East and Northeast India, British Council highlighted the collaborative work of British Council across the east and northeast of India.
"It is a pleasure to support British Deputy High Commission Kolkata for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup reception and speak about the achievements of British Council in east and northeast of India in the 70 years we've been here," said Chakrabarti.
On the race day of Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Bucknell gave away the prize to the winner of the race. He also gave away prizes to the winner of the 'Best Hat' competition.