China’s nicknames for Chris Patten included “whore” and they declared him “guilty for a thousand generations”. His current title is The Lord Patten of Barnes.
He was also called the last British Governor of Hong Kong, when he handed the former Crown Colony over to China on July 1, 1997.
In a throwback to the Empire, he sent the following telegram at midnight:
At 00:00 HKT/16:00 GMT, 1 July 1997
I HAVE RELINQUISHED THE ADMINISTRATION OF THIS GOVERNMENT. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN. PATTEN.