From a Philhellene, a Hellene: Professor Kevin Featherstone awarded honorary Greek citizenship
Professor Kevin Featherstone was granted honorary Greek citizenship for his academic work on Greece and for his significant contribution to the promotion of research and debate on contemporary Greece and Cyprus.
In a special ceremony held at Maximos Mansion, on Tuesday 21 February, he took the Greek Citizen oath before the Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis and the Secretary General of Citizenship, Athanasios Balerbas.
Speaking in Greek, Professor Featherstone thanked everyone who helped him on his ‘journey’ and noted:
“Γεννήθηκα, Άγγλος - σίγουρα ένα λάθος – αλλά σήμερα έγινα Έλληνας. Είναι μεγάλη μου τιμή που είμαι Έλληνας τώρα, σημαίνει πολλά για μένα και είμαι πολύ περήφανος. Ευχαριστώ όλους όσους με βοήθησαν στο ταξίδι μου. Η Ελλάδα είναι μία χώρα, ένας λαός, μία ιδέα που έχω μάθει να αγαπάω πολύ. Μου έχει δώσει τόσα πολλά. Ευχαριστώ πάρα πολύ»
“I was born English - surely some mistake - but today I became Greek, and it is a great honour for me to be Greek now; it means a lot to me, and I am very proud. Thanks to everyone who helped me on my journey. Greece is a country, a people, an idea that I have learned to love very much. It has given me so much. Thank you very much.”
The Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis expressed his joy that a friend of Greece, a scholar of modern political history, who, through his writing and interventions has assisted in improving the overall quality of the Greek Republic, became officially a Greek citizen.
Watch the video of the ceremony here
Read the Press Release
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