London, 11 May 2018: HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, received yesterday members of the King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Co-existence at St George’s House in Windsor Palace. The invitation came after HRH the Duke’s recent visit to the Kingdom of Bahrain and after a visit the Centre. After His Royal Highness’ visit, he expressed his appreciation of the steps taken by the Kingdom to promote tolerance, openness, and foster a multi-faith and multi-ethnic society.
HRH Prince Andrew and His Excellency the Ambassador, Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, on behalf of his Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, gave the opening remarks.
The event featured two main speakers; Mr Krish Raval, Director of The Senior Faith Leadership Programme, and the Deputy Chairman of The King Hamad Global Centre, Betsy Mathieson. Mr Raval discussed his experience of the pioneering ethos of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme and St George’s House, Windsor Castle. Following that, Mrs Mathieson discussed the values, aims, and objective of the King Hamad Centre to reinforce Bahrain’s long history and culture of tolerance and openness and to further develop these aspects by sharing and learning from experiences and also through dialogue and cooperation with faith-based groups and others.
As a result, the King Hamad Global Centre’s first International Interfaith Partnership will be signed with St George’s House, solidifying the historic connections between Bahrain and the United Kingdom.
The Dean of St Georges House Windsor, The Right Reverend David Connor, and the Deputy Chairman of The King Hamad Global Centre, Betsy B Mathieson, will proceed to sign a collaborative agreement.