Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Honors the Enduring Strength of Texas and U.K. Partnership

Friday, October 18, 2013  •  London, United Kingdom  •  Press Release

As a symbol of the enduring friendship and partnership between the United Kingdom and Texas, Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry today presented Her Majesty's Consul General Andrew Millar with a new plaque marking the site of the former Texas Legation in London. The Perrys are visiting the U.K. on an economic development mission and as guests of Americans for Economic Freedom.

"This is a special day for me and for the people of Texas. When Texas was a fledgling republic, establishing diplomatic relations with a nation as rich in history and prestige as the United Kingdom was a significant accomplishment. It helped put us on the map, to use the phrase quite literally," Gov. Perry said. "On days like today, it's worth remembering our humble beginnings, and how the U.K. was there to help us establish ourselves as a nation, in every sense of the word."

The ceremony took place at the Berry Brothers and Rudd building, which housed the Texas Legation's Embassy of the Republic of Texas from 1842 to 1845, when Texas was an independent nation. The plaque Gov. Perry unveiled will accompany the original plaque that was dedicated in 1963 by former Texas Gov. Price Daniel. The new plaque reads:

"Legation of the Republic of Texas: From 1836-45, the Republic of Texas and Great Britain pursued diplomatic and military relations. Texas opened a legation on this site in 1842. Great Britain opened a consulate in Houston."

While in London, the governor has also met with government officials and business leaders in the financial industry, and spoke at a breakfast roundtable for the Legatum Institute.

Texas and the U.K. have a healthy trade relationship. The U.K. was Texas' 12th largest export destination in 2012 with more than $4.27 billion in Texas exports, including industrial machinery, aircraft, spacecraft and parts, mineral fuels and oils, electric machinery and medical equipment.

Tomorrow, the Perrys will continue to Israel, where the governor will participate in a higher education announcement, meet with business leaders and speak at the Water Technology and Environmental Control Exhibition and Conference (WATEC) Israel 2013.

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