Hillary Clinton was spotted dining out for lunch at a posh Upper East Side eatery with a friend over the weekend after she was appointed as the cha
Hillary Clinton was spotted dining out for lunch at a posh Upper East Side eatery with a friend over the weekend after she was appointed as the chancellor of Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The former US Secretary of State was dressed in a burgundy blazer and black pantsuit as she dined at The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges on Saturday, with its distinctive black and white striped umbrellas.
Clinton could be seen together with a number of Secret Service agents in tow as she sat down to eat at the posh uptown restaurant, just off Madison Avenue, while taking in the warm New York fall sunshine.
Hillary Clinton was spotted out to lunch with a girlfriend on the Upper East Side of New York
The former First Lady looked fashionable in a burgundy blazer and a pair of sunglasses
The pair clearly had a lot to talk about with Clinton continuing to break barriers: she was the first woman appointed as chancellor of the Belfast academic institution.
It marks the latest chapter in the Clinton family’s long association with Northern Ireland, with Mrs Clinton and her husband former US president Bill Clinton having been regular visitors to the region as enthusiastic supporters of the peace process.
They first visited while Bill was president in 1995, shortly after the IRA declared its ceasefire, with both wowing locals at events designed to try and unite the country’s Catholic and Protestant communities.
As Mrs Clinton took part in the installation procession a number of anti-war protesters, who had gathered outside, hurled insults and abuse.
Speaking at a ceremony where she was formally installed, she described the university as ‘special’.
Mrs Clinton was directed to her seat by the restaurant’s maitre’d while several Secret Service agents could be see in tow
Clinton’s burgundy blazer appeared to compliment the flower arrangement at The Mark hotel
Mrs Clinton appeared to be taking advantage of the warm fall weather in New York and decided to eat outdoors
The former presidential nominee said: ‘(It is) a center for innovation and entrepreneurship in technology, business and health, and an incubator for artists and scientists leaders and activists.
‘I’m looking forward to learning much more about this university and then helping to tell the university’s exciting story about the future you will create together.
‘But there was another reason why I agreed to become a member of this community.
‘Northern Ireland has become a symbol of democracy’s power to transcend divisions and deliver peace, and we need that beacon of hope now more than ever.
‘But with hope comes responsibilities, the responsibility to be a citizen, to be willing to discuss and learn from people unlike yourselves, to debate and compromise in search of common ground to participate in our shared institutions, to respect the rights, dignity and needs of all people, and to uphold the rule of law.’
The former US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, was installed as the chancellor of Queen’s University during a ceremony at the Belfast academic institution on Friday
Former United States Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton gestures after being officially installed as Queen’s University’s 11th chancellor and the first female chancellor, at Queen’s University in Belfast
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton poses for a photo after being inaugurated as the first female chancellor of Queens University, in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Hilary Clinton was appointed in January 2020, but has not been able to visit the university in that capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic
Mrs Clinton was appointed to the role for a five-year term in early 2020 but her official installation was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mrs Clinton added: ‘The work of integration in housing and schools is far from finished.
‘Neighborhoods remain divided.
‘Poverty and unemployment persist.
‘The difficulties of the past continue to threaten the present.
‘Divisions over Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol and proposed amnesty legislation might very well undermine a peaceful future.
‘A future that people voted for, fought for, and even died for.
‘Now I don’t pretend to have the political answers to resolve this impasse.
‘That is up to the people of Northern Ireland.
‘But I do know this: the future of Northern Ireland will be determined by the power of communities coming together, like the one here at Queen’s.’
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks in a procession through the Bodleian Library quadrangle at Oxford University, after receiving an honorary degree at the annual Encaenia Honorary Degree Ceremony
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks in a procession from Exeter College in Oxford to the Sheldonian Theatre and the Bodleian Library quadrangle, at Oxford University, ahead of receiving an honorary degree
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (center right) walks in a procession through the Bodleian Library quadrangle at Oxford University
Clinton collected an honorary degree in person from Oxford University
Clinton has been the US first lady, the first lady of Arkansas, the 67th US secretary of state and a presidential candidate
President and vice-chancellor of Queen’s, Professor Ian Greer, welcomed Mrs Clinton’s installation.
‘We are delighted that Secretary Clinton has been able to travel to Belfast to be formally installed as the University’s 11th chancellor,’ he said.
‘Secretary Clinton is an internationally recognized public servant who has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to Northern Ireland.
‘She has an enormous amount to offer the university and will continue to work as a key advocate for Queen’s on the international stage.
In 2018, Mrs Clinton was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s for exceptional public service in the US and globally, and for her contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.
Clinton has been doing the rounds when it comes to academic institutions. The day before being in Belfast, she collected an honorary degree in person from Oxford University.
Clinton has been the US first lady, the first lady of Arkansas, the 67th US secretary of state and a presidential candidate.
She also spent five decades in public service as an advocate, lawyer, activist and volunteer.