A stupendous Knights Ball in Austria for the close of 2012 (December 2012)
The pre-Christmas full-dress reception in Austria, the home of the Waltz already has become good tradition. The joint organisation of this event rested on the Grand Priory of Ukraine, the Union Corps San Lazare International and the Grand Priory of Austria, together with other jurisdictions of the Order, worked closely to ensure the complete success of this initiative. On invitation of the Secretary of the Grand Priory of Ukraine Ivan Savvov (Director of the European Business Academy) and the Chevalier Anton Savvov (Grand Prior of Ukraine and General Director of the Assembly of Business Circles) a delegation of the Union - CSLI also joined the celebration.
Finally the doors to the ceremonial chamber opened and the welcome ceremony commenced. Messages of greetings were spoken by Johann Habsburg-Lothringen (Grandmaster of the the Order of the Byzantine Knights of the Holy Sepulchre) and Prof. Wil Goodheer (Grand Chancellor of the Order de La Valette. Members of the United Grand Priories of the Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem and of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre were introduced by name.
The highlight of the celebration for many members was "Ad gloriam!", being honours for personalities from Europe, Asia, and Africa for outstanding excellence in economics, science, culture, and social achievements.
After this a "Banquet in honour of the laureates and guests of the ball" followed. The musical framework was in the hands of bandmaster Udo Zwilfer, manager of the Salon Orchestra Alt Wien.
Participants for this event hailed from our various jurisdictions inAlbania, Austria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Ghana, India, Israel, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Poland, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Republic of Tajikistan, Russian Federation, Serbia, UAE, Ukraine, UK