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Friday, 2 April 2004

UK appoints first ambassador with officially recognised gay partner

James Clark, 41, has been appointed as our Ambassador to Luxemburg and was received at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty The Queen earlier this week. It is the custom for new ambassadorial appointments to be accompanied by their partners (normally husband/wife or vice versa) when being received in audience by The Queen and Mr Clark was accompanied by his partner Mr Anthony Stewart, who was presented to The Queen along with the spouses of all the other new appointees present. This is the first known event of its kind at the Palace and marks a welcome sign that the diversity of personal relationships is, at last, being recognised.

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