An unexpected who’s who-including Martha Stewart and Hilton Hotel Heiress, Nicky Hilton Rothschild- have come together in royal fashion to honour Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for receiving the prestigious Ruth Bader Ginsburg award.
The mix of high profiled guests rubbed elbows last Thursday, December 2, in an intimate ceremony and dinner at the Library of Congress to mark the second annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Women of Leadership Awards, which recognises “extraordinary women who have exercised a positive and notable influence on society and served as an exemplary role model in both principles and practice.”
However, the Queen herself was unable to attend the ceremony, instead, her Ambassador Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce, DCMG, accepted the award on Her Majesty’s behalf.
Upon accepting the award, Dame Pierce spoke about how “honoured” and “privileged” she felt to be there on behalf of Her Majesty, saying “Her Majesty The Queen’s unwavering dedication and public service is an inspiration felt around the world.”
It was an honour & privilege to accept the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Woman of Leadership Award on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, to recognise Her dedication to service & duty. We salute the memory of Justice Ginsburg. pic.twitter.com/YPecBB5zGP
— Karen Pierce (@KarenPierceUK) December 3, 2021
In a letter written to the Queen by US president Joe Biden, he expressed that the award was a testament to her “lifetime of leadership and unflinching devotion to serving the people of the Commonwealth.”
“ Your strength and integrity through an era of unprecedented global challenges have set an example for the world that will continue to inspire leaders for generations to come,” he wrote.
In another statement, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Justice John Roberts, said her Majesty’s reign has “inspired a great many others around the world to give of themselves for the broader good”.
The Speaker of the house, Nancy Pelosi, spoke of the Queen’s leadership roles, commending her for embodying “the highest virtues of service, dignity and grace” and for being an inspiration to “countless young women and girls”.
This is another achievement for one of Europes longest-reigning monarch as she approaches her mark as the first British Monarch to celebrate 70 years of service on the throne in 2022.