It is surely deeply encouraging, at a time when the members of the Syriac Orthodox Church in their homelands of Syria and Iraq are undergoing such desperate trials and such appalling suffering, that in Britain the Syriac Church is able to expand and gain in strength.

We are now, it seems, breaching the world's environmental planetary boundaries at a truly alarming rate.

While I am enormously proud of what has been achieved during this time, our young people still face great challenges which we must help them to overcome.

So it is with immense pride and in loving memory of my darling Grandmother that I invite Your Majesty to unveil the statue of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother...

I have had the good fortune to meet scientists, funded by the charity, and to learn more about some of their ground-breaking work.

On this saddest of anniversaries, I send my renewed good wishes to you all.

Ladies and Gentlemen I just wanted to say, joining you here this afternoon, it has given my wife and I a particular pride to come here on such a special occasion for the Royal Mail.

Mesdames et Mesieurs,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Tēnā       koutou     katoa

Greetings to you all!

Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the one occasion on which I really do want to pull the wool over your eyes but I won't ram the point home as it would be a very non-ewe thing to do!

Ladies and gentlemen, I am most touched and, indeed, surprised, that the Evening Standard should have decided to give me the award of Londoner of the Decade.