A speech by The Queen at the Mexico State Banquet, 2015
When the dynamism and creativity of our two countries are combined, whether that be in business, science, education, sport or culture, the results are extraordinary.
Mr. President, Prince Philip and I are delighted to welcome you and Señora Rivera this evening.
The United Kingdom and Mexico have enjoyed a long and enduring friendship. We remain proud to have been the first European country to recognise Mexican Independence where ties of family, friendship, commerce and international cooperation link us in so many ways.
Prince Philip and I have fond memories of our visits to Mexico in 1975 and 1983 and we were delighted that, only a few months ago, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall enjoyed such an unforgettable visit to your country.
What gives me particular pleasure, Mr. President, is that your visit comes in the early months of a very special year: The Dual Years of the United Kingdom in Mexico and of Mexico in the United Kingdom.
The programme of events planned is a fitting celebration of the vibrant relationship between our two countries. Perhaps more importantly, it is an opportunity to look to the future and think what more we can achieve together. As we have seen many times, when the dynamism and creativity of our two countries are combined, whether that be in business, science, education, sport or culture, the results are extraordinary.
The influence that our two rich cultures have on each other is significant and growing. More of our people are visiting, working and studying in each others' countries than ever before. This Dual Year will bring many moments of collaboration: the English National Ballet in Mexico City, and the treasures of Mayan civilisation on show in the World Museum in Liverpool, to name just two.
The relationship between our business communities is similarly very positive and I am confident, Mr. President, that your visit will serve to strengthen those further. The economic reforms you have introduced to the Mexican economy have been bold and impressive and the United Kingdom stands ready to work together with Mexico in the implementation of those reforms, strengthening the foundations of the partnership in the interests of the prosperity of both societies.
I am glad you will visit Aberdeen, to see the city’s concentration of experience and expertise gained from nearly half a century of development in the North Sea. This will also be an opportunity to build on the valuable discussions The Prince of Wales held in Campeche about the sustainable development of energy resources.
Our partnership is based on a remarkable similarity of views and values. It is this shared outlook which has made us natural partners on many pressing issues in today’s international agenda.
It was greatly appreciated, Mr. President, that, not long after taking office, you joined G8 Leaders to discuss an approach to promoting sustainable growth and economic development. In a rapidly-changing world, honest and supportive friendships make us more resilient and better able to address common challenges.
Mr. President, your visit in this special year is most welcome. I am confident that it will strengthen the warm friendship between our two countries.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I ask you to rise and drink a toast to the President and Señora Rivera and to the people of Mexico.
The Queen's speech at the Spanish State Banquet
This State Visit is an expression of the deep respect and friendship that describes relations between Spain and the United Kingdom
The Queen’s Speech at the State Banquet in honour of the President of the Republic of Colombia
I am sure of a shared, bright future for both of our countries as long-standing allies working together towards global peace and prosperity
A speech by The Queen in Nova Scotia, 2010
Canadians have, by their own endeavours, built a country and society which is widely-admired across the world.
What is a State Visit?
A speech by The Queen at the Irish State Banquet, 2011
No-one who looked to the future over the past centuries could have imagined the strength of the bonds that are now in place between the governments and the people of our two...
Original announcement of a State Visit by the King and Queen of Spain
A speech by The Queen at the China State Banquet, 2015
We celebrate the ties between our two countries and prepare to take them to ambitious new heights.
A speech by The Queen at the German State Banquet, 2015
Since 1945 the United Kingdom has determined to number among Germany's very strongest friends in Europe.
A speech by The Queen at the Singapore State Banquet, 2014
Mr. President, your visit is an opportunity to celebrate the links between our two countries, developed over almost two centuries.
A speech by The Queen at the French State Banquet, 2014
I recall my own happiness, discovering this beautiful country for myself and for the first time, and developing my own great affection for the French people.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Northern Ireland
A speech by The Queen at the Irish State Banquet, 2014
We will remember our past, but we shall no longer allow our past to ensnare our future. This is the greatest gift we can give to succeeding generations.
Announcement of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh's visit to Rome
A speech by The Queen at the Korean State Banquet, 2013
Our people have had a close friendship ever since the first British diplomatic mission was established in Korea 130 years ago.
Announcement of a State Visit from the President of the Republic of Korea
A speech by The Queen at the Emirati State Lunch, 2013
Your visit this week is a chance to celebrate the depth of our partnership – a partnership that continues to grow and strengthen.
Announcement of a State Visit from The President of the United Arab Emirates
A speech by The Queen at the Kuwaiti State Banquet, 2012
Our relationship runs deep, and the United Kingdom is proud to have played its part in Kuwait’s recent history.
A speech by The Queen at the Indonesian State Banquet, 2012
Your visit is an opportunity for us to develop all aspects of our relationship, from trade and investment to areas such as climate change and education.
Incoming State Visit by The President of Indonesia announced
A speech by The Queen at the Turkish State Banquet, 2011
We have come through a great deal together to develop what is, today, a very modern partnership.
Announcement of State Visit from the President of the Republic of Turkey
A speech by The Queen at the US State Banquet, 2011
This exchange of people and projects has enlarged and invigorated our common language – although I think you will agree we do not always use it in quite the same way!