Bastille Day and more: diplomatic parties this week

High Commissioner Yvonne Walkes with two guards on Parliament Hill July 13 to mark the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence, which featured an observation of the changing of the guard. Sam Garcia

A group of Barbadian-Canadians gathers on Parliament Hill on July 13 to mark Barbados' independence anniversary. Sam Garcia

Polish Ambassador Marcin Bosacki with Egyptian Ambassador Motaz Zahran and his spouse, Hala Youssef, at Egypt's national day celebration on July 13, hosted at Egypt's official residence. Sam Garcia

Tunisian Ambassador Riadh Essid with Mr. Zahran at the Egyptian residence. Sam Garcia

Thai Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi is greeted by Ms. Youssef on Egypt's national day. Sam Garcia

Rurangwa Janvier, spouse of the Rwandan acting high commissioner, next to the Ambassador of Madagascar Constant Horace, Rwandan Acting High Commissioner Shakilla Umutoni, Moroccan Ambassador Nouzha Chekrouni, Senegalese Ambassador Ousmane Paye, and Tanzanian High Commissioner Jack Mugendi Zoka at the Egyptian party. Sam Garcia

Dancers entertain the crowd at Egypt's national day. Sam Garcia

The event at the Egyptian residence on July 13 was full of colour. Sam Garcia

Mr. Horace with French Ambassador Nicolas Chapuis at France's Bastille Day celebration, hosted on July 14 at the French official residence. Sam Garcia

Costa Rican Ambassador Roberto Dormond with his spouse, Gabriela Carazo, Argentine Ambassador Marcelo Suarez and his spouse, Lucia Margarita Borjas de Suarez, with Uruguay's Chargé d'Affaires Trilce Gervaz, and Chilean Ambassador Alejandro Marisio, right. Sam Garcia

British High Commissioner Howard Drake with Mr. Chapuis, and Florence Ferrari, France's deputy head of mission, at the July 14 bash, before the rest of guests arrived for the outside portion of the party. Sam Garcia

EU Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx, in pink left, photographs the speeches alongside Japanese Ambassador Kenjiro Monji and his spouse, Etsuko. Sam Garcia

Mr. Chapuis toasts Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough, after she delivers remarks in "Vancouver French." Sam Garcia

U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman shakes hands with Mr. Chapuis on Bastille Day. Sam Garcia

Ambassador of Angola Edgar Martins, with Mr. Horace, and Ambassador of the Côte d'Ivoire N'Goran Kouamé at Burundi's national day celebration on July 8, at St. Anthony's Banquet Hall. Cynthia Munster

Chargé d'Affaires of Burundi Emmanuel Niyonzima, right, with Mercy Azoh-Mbi, left, and her spouse, Ambassador of Cameroon Solomon Azoh-Mbi. Cynthia Munster

A Burundian drumming group performs at the national day celebration on July 8. Cynthia Munster

Peruvian Ambassador Marcela López Bravo speaks to guests at her country's independence day celebration on July 12, hosted at the Chateau Laurier. Sam Garcia

Ms. López speaks to New Zealand High Commissioner Daniel Mellsop, left, along with her deputy head of mission, Carlos Gil De Montes Molinari. Sam Garcia

Diane Jacovella, associate deputy minister of foreign affairs, with Ms. López at the Chateau Laurier for the Peruvian national day celebration. Sam Garcia