My wife Marina and I are just outside London right now, in Berkshire, as the annual Windsor Energy Consultations get underway.
But Windsor is on a completely different level…
Each year, the Windsor Energy Consultation is the high point of my international travel schedule. This year marks the seventh in which I will be presenting – this time, two presentations.
Now, this is a gathering quite unlike any other. The location is totally unique, of course, but the sheer amount and quality of the global energy intelligence exchanged is second to none.
Let me share with you a little of what I expect to hear about – and where I expect to hear it…
Cutting-Edge Intelligence… in the Oldest Royal Residence in Europe
The Windsor Energy Consultations – the only energy conclave convened by royal decree – take place at Windsor Castle, while the British Royal Family is in residence. Windsor Castle is the oldest (and largest) continuously used royal residence in Europe, initially built by William the Conqueror in the late 11th century.
This year, as every year, we’ll get to stay for three days, along with major players in the energy sector, ambassadors, government ministers and secretaries, and top analysts from around the world.
Now, there are only some 50 delegates to the three days of plenary sessions, buttressed by several dozen ambassadors and officials for the Ambassadorial Briefing on Saturday afternoon. The main sessions are held in the historic Vicar’s Hall astride the 14th century St. George’s Chapel.
Ten monarchs are buried at St. George's, from to Edward IV of England to George VI of the United Kingdom. The tomb of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour is in the floor; you walk right over them.
Nearby is Vicar's Hall, which has existed in one form or another for 700 years. Shakespeare had one of his early performances of "The Merry Wives of Windsor" there. About 1693 it was converted into a library, as it remains today.
Now, the choice of the hall for the Consultation is intentional. It makes for an intimate venue and, with the application of the Chatham House Rule, some frank conversation.
Established in 1927 during a particularly contentious negotiation in London, the Rule reads as follows: "When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."
In such important high-level international meetings, you can see why adherence to the Chatham House Rule is so important.
But it is the Ambassadorial Briefing that comprises the hallmark of each Consultation…
Secure Communications, 13th-Century Style
The Briefing bring…
About the Author
Dr. Kent Moors is an internationally recognized expert in oil and natural gas policy, risk assessment, and emerging market economic development. He serves as an advisor to many U.S. governors and foreign governments. Kent details his latest global travels in his free Oil & Energy Investor e-letter. He makes specific investment recommendations in his newsletter, the Energy Advantage. For more active investors, he issues shorter-term trades in his Energy Inner Circle.