Queen hosts lunch for family members accompanying EU foreign ministers
The Queen pictured here with the respective partners and family members of the EU foreign ministers. Back row from left: Loreta Usackiene, Lithuania, Sylvie Asselborn-Huber, Luxembourg with daughter. Diagonally in front on the right: Maja Zbogar, Slovenia, Marie Ivanovska Milososki, FYROM, Suzanne Innes-Stubb, Finland, Anne Applebaum, Poland, Louise Shackelton, UK, Jarmila Lajcakova Hargasova, Slovakia, Annemieke Meijlevelt, the Netherlands, Helena Belfrage and Krasimir Zhelev, Bulgaria. Middle row, from left: Mariana Diaconescu, Romania, Katharina Walter-Gloser, Germany, Zukun Ji, Denmark and Margit Spindelegger, Austria. Front row from left: Anna Maria Corazza Bildt, Sare Davutoglu, Turkey, Merja Rehn, the Commission, Concha Gimenes Diaz-Oyuelos, the Council, Dominique Maunac, Spain, Christine Ockrent, France and Francisco Ferrero Campos, the Commission. Photo: Pontus Lundahl, Scanpix.
The autumn informal meeting for EU foreign ministers was held in Stockholm on 4-5 September.
On Saturday 5 September, The Queen invited partners and family members of those attending the meeting to a lunch at the Royal Palace.
Sweden, current holder of the EU Presidency, and the Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, hosted the meeting.
The informal meeting of foreign ministers, or Gymnich, as it has come to be known since the first meeting was held in Germany in 1974, traditionally takes place in a city with close links to the foreign minister of the country holding the EU Presidency.