Week in Pictures: Conference Care's 20th birthday; The Three Queens Spectacular; 65th FIFA Congress

This week saw Exhibition Centre Liverpool mark 100 days until its opening with a 'shipping spectacular'; Conference Care's 20th birthday; and FIFA's 65th Congress.

Conference Care's 20th birthday
Conference Care's 20th birthday
  • Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

    Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

  • Conference Care's 20th birthday

    Conference Care's 20th birthday

  • Conference Care's 20th birthday

    Conference Care's 20th birthday

  • Conference Care's 20th birthday

    Conference Care's 20th birthday

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Three Queens shipping spectacular

    Three Queens shipping spectacular

  • Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

    Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

  • Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

    Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

  • Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

    Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

  • Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

    Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

  • Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

    Photo by Matthias Hangst - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

  • Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

    Photo by Alexander Hassenstein - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

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At the weekend, Conference Care celebrated its 20th birthday with an ‘Ibiza Weekender’ party at the Holiday Inn Stratford-upon-Avon. Pre-dinner drinks were enjoyed aboard motorboats skippered by the team, before they had a barbecue dinner on the hotel terrace. Attendees then made their way to the ballroom, decked out as an Ibiza nightclub, where surprise guest Stevi Ritchie from X-Factor and Ibiza DJ Marcello Totti entertained the crowds. On Saturday morning the Conference Care team attended a warm up fitness session, followed by a workshop on body language, mind-reading and Neuro-Linguistic-Programming by renowned psychic entertainer Alex Crow.

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On Monday (25th May) there was 100 days to go until the opening of Exhibition Centre Liverpool, and this was celebrated by the ‘Three Queens shipping spectacular’ on the city’s waterfront. The Three Cunard Queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, met on the River Mersey for the first time, making maritime history. They met at the mouth of the Mersey before sailing in formation towards ACC Liverpool, home to BT Convention Centre, Echo Arena and the forthcoming Exhibition Centre Liverpool which opens in September.

Today (29th May), the 65th FIFA Congress is taking place at the Hallenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland. The opening ceremony took place yesterday (28 May) at Zurich’s Theater 11 where FIFA President Sepp Blatter delivered an inaugural speech, followed by remarks from the representative of the City of Zurich, Filippo Leutenegger, from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) President Thomas Bach, as well as from Ueli Maurer, head of the Swiss Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports. Since the news of Fifa’s corruption scandal, members are to vote at the Congress today for their new president via secret ballot. The contest is between incumbent Sepp Blatter and challenger Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussain of Jordan.

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