BRITISH Ambassador to the Philippines Laure Beaufils said Queen Elizabeth 2nd has been "a strong force" in maintaining the United Kingdom's bilateral relations with governments worldwide.

"She is the best diplomat that we have in the UK," Beaufils said in an interview on Friday before the start of the Queen's birthday celebration.

"She's been such a strong force over the last 70 years, developing relationships of friendship and trust and respect with countries across the world," she said. "So every year, we have a Queen's Birthday party, which is basically the National Day of the UK."

"This year was incredibly special for us in the UK celebrating that 70 year anniversary," she said.

In a speech, the ambassador said that the Queen's birthday this year was remarkable.

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The Queen, she said, has become "the first British monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth."

"To say this is 'extraordinary' is to put it mildly. The Queen has worked with no less than 14 prime ministers, and as you know it will be 15 in just five days," she said.

"As a diplomat that has served Her Majesty for over 20 years, I have seen first-hand that the Queen is our country's foremost diplomat," Beaufils pointed out. "No one has done more to strengthen the bonds of friendship, understanding and respect between the UK and the rest of the world."

"I'm therefore particularly proud to have been chosen to be her first female representative to the Philippines," Beaufils said.

She said the past year has been a great year for the UK and the Philippines as they marked 75 years of diplomatic relations.

In December 2021, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and then Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. launched the UK-Philippines enhanced partnership, "as a recognition of the increased depth and breadth of our relationships," she said.