London, November 2008. At the invitation of the Delegate for Great Britain and Ireland, HE The Rt Hon Lord Brennan of Bibury, QC, the 2008 Delegation Gala Dinner was held in the Library of the Travellers’ Club, Pall Mall, London SW1. Over 85 knights and dames from across Britain and Ireland attended the annual event. Speeches were made by the Delegate Lord Brennan who introduced the guest speaker, Cardinal Cormac, Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster. Toasts were made by Lord Denman, Sir Robert Balchin DL and John Kennedy CBE.
His Royal Highness Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of the Kingdom of Lesotho, brother of His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho also attended the Gala Dinner. On arrival at the Traveller’s Club, His Royal Highness was greeted by the Grand Magistral Delegate for Inter-Religious Relations, HE Anthony Bailey.
In his speech Lord Brennan outlined the activities of the Order during the past year and what was planned for 2009. The Cardinal for his part thanked the Order for its charitable support of Catholic causes as well as its welcomed contribution from a Catholic standpoint to inter-faith relations in Britain.
Among those attending were His Excellency Mr Anthony Bailey, OBE, KCSS, KCHS, His Royal Highness Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Her Serene Highness Princess Marie-Therese von Hohenberg Mrs Anthony Bailey, His Excellency Mohamed Belmahi, KCFO, Ambassador of His Majesty The King of Morocco, Sir Robert Balchin, KStJ, DL, Principal Knight Bachelor, The Lady Carey of Clifton His Excellency Dr Lachezar Matev, KCFO, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria, Judge Patrick Clyne, KM, KMCO, Vice-Delegate, The Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury, DCFO, Dr Arthur Naylor, The Lady Brennan of Bibury, DMCO, The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Lord Carey of Clifton, GCFO, John Kennedy, Esq., CBE, KSG, KMCO, DL, Mrs John McGarry, Mr Anthony Hodgins, John King, Esq., KMCO, Councillor John D. Turley, KCHS, KMCO, Mr Adam Carter, Mrs John King, Leslie Hayward, Esq., KMCO, Gerard Lawler, Esq., KC*HS, KMCO, Mrs John McGarry, The Honourable Patrick Brennan, KMCO, Miss Annie Austin, DFO, His Imperial and Royal Highness Archduke Philipp of Austria, Miss Natascha Lander. Mr Gonzalo Garrigues. Miss Benedikte Hollander. Mr Nicholas Duffy, Her Imperial and Royal Highness Archduchess Philipp of Austria, The Honourable Daniel Brennan, Mrs Ida Garrigues, Professor Richard Conroy, KC*HS, KCMCO, Dr Sorca Conroy-Sherman, DMCO, Mr James Liddel, Mr John Sherman, The Reverend Canon Flora Winfield, DFO, The Right Honourable Lord Denman, CBE, MC, TD, KCFO, Mrs James Liddel, The Reverend Canon Jonathan Gough, KFO, Ms Maureen Jones. Joseph J Gaggero, Esq., CBE, KHS, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, OStJ, KCSG, GCFO, JP, Mrs Josephine Noble. Timothy George, Esq., KCMCO, The Reverend Father Edmund Eggleston, KGCO, Mrs Felicity Whitehead. Mr Nicholas Fitzherbert, Lady Sternberg, DSS, DFO, Mrs Nicholas Fitzherbert, Mrs Camilla Windsor-Clive, Don Cristoforo Rocco di Torrepadula, KJCO, The Honourable Alexander Brennan, KMCO, Her Excellency Señora Liliana Fernandez, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama, Professor Nasser David Khalili, KSS, KCFO, The Honourable Mrs Alexander Brennan, Norman Gooding, OStJ, KCFO, Signorina Valeria Rebulla, Mr John-Barry Noble, Dottore Nicola Pedroni, The Reverend Father Michael Seed, KGCO, SA, Mrs David Khalili, The Very Reverend Canon Christopher Tuckwell, Sister Ellen Flynn, DMCO, Dr Colin Smythe, OStJ, KCGCO, KCFO, Kevin Grant, Esq., KMCO, KFO, Professor Trond Beravale, Miss Xuelin Black, DSS, DFO, Darren Attfield Esq., Peter Jennings, Esq., KMCO, Professor Dr John Ryan, KHS, KOCO and Ms Vera Blei.