KPMG Pays Royal Welcome to Queen Elizabeth II

Sarah Woodman, Global events journalist
November 12, 2010 /

With thousands of employees cheering, KPMG gave a royal welcome to Queen Elizabeth II, who was clad in a mauve coat, during her visit as a guest of honor to the opening of the firm’s new building at Canary wharf.

Queen Elizabeth toured around the building with KPMG UK chairman John Griffith-Jones and afterwards did the honor of removing the veil of a plaque before thousands of employees. The Queen met members of the Royal Household Client Services team who audit royal accounts, financial services people, graduates and the corporate social responsibility team.

During the event, members of the Hackney City Academy pupil Safak Gunes did a long bow to Queen Elizabeth II as they gave her a bunch of flowers.

“She genuinely seemed interested in what we do, especially our charity work and the building’s green credentials. She made a funny comment about Crossrail being delayed and also asked about our role during the crisis,” John Griffith Jones said.

Senior partner Eddie Donaldson emphasized KPMG’s independence in its operations in auditing the royal accounts which use public and private money. It’s a “unique position,” he said. “The team already [sees] it as a privilege to work on the accounts in the first place and then to meet [Queen Elizabeth II] was a very special moment in their careers,” Donaldson added.

Queen Elizabeth II also met the Taekwondo champion and Olympic hopeful Jade Jones who is sponsored by KPMG, and KPMG’s charity for 2010/11, Barnado’s chair of council.

It can be recalled that Queen Elizabeth II last visited the Canary Wharf in 2005 as a guest of honor also for the opening of Reuters building.


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