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The Queen celebrates the 70th anniversary of the International Maritime Organization

On Tuesday The Queen visited the International Maritime Organization in London to mark its 70th anniversary. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), is a specialised United Nations agency that sets the standards of authority for the safety, security and environmental performance of international shipping.

Her Majesty was seen greeting the secretary general of the IMO, Kitack Lim, before viewing a range of model ships that were on display at the event, including a model of the RMS Queen Mary II ocean liner.

The Queen, wearing a tailored purple coat dress with a matching hat embellished with flowers, also admired a piece of art hanging from the ceiling which portrays the world’s continent. The artwork was created by artist Marc Mathews, along with Fredrick J. Kenny, the director of legal and external affairs.

Afterwards, The Queen took to the stage in front of a select crowd and unveiled a plaque to mark her visit to the International Maritime Organization. The plaque read: ‘This plaque was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen on the occasion of her visit to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the International Maritime Organisation 6th March, 2018.’

The Secretary General made a speech to mark Her Majesty’s visit, saying: “you have a deep interest in ships and the sea, as your presence here today clearly shows.”

The Queen later viewed a lighthouse optic and an exhibition about the role of modern shipping, before cutting a cake to mark the 70th anniversary of the organisation.

The International Maritime Organization has 173 member states and is the only United Nations agency to be headquartered in the UK. The Royal Family have a long and enduring relationship with the IMO: The Duke of Edinburgh laid the foundation stone in 1979, and The Queen opened the building in 1983. The Duke of Gloucester re-opened it in 2008 following a major refurbishment.

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