Queen's Day Tradition
The Tristan da Cunha community is proud of its British heritage.
Tristan homes commonly feature portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the annual Queen's Day public holiday is always a special event with a range of activities to celebrate the Queen's birthday.
The Tristan da Cunha Queen's Day is now held in February or March to enable a produce show to be held in the austral late Summer / Early Autumn. It features a loyal toast to Her Majesty at the evening Reception.
Queen's Day 2017
Report from Tina Glass. Photos by Mark Pearson
|Spectators watching the Queen's Day games and races at St Mary's School.|
On Friday 24th February 2017 at 5.45 am the gong was rung by Chief Islander Ian Lavarello to announce the annual Queen's Day. It was a nice cool day for the event to take place. The day started with the Fishing Competition for adults and children and everyone was off early and filled with enthusiasm to catch the biggest Five Finger. Everyone had to be back before 11am for judging.
Later during that afternoon there was a wide variety of events held at St Mary's School. There were competitions for best Swiss Roll, Portrait of a Yellow Nosed Albatross, Pot Plants and Wildflowers, Vegetables. Other events included, guess the weight of sand and pebbles in a jar, number of needles in a jar, money in a bucket. There was an Eating Chilli Competition, Electrical circuit game, beer challenge, Wibbly Wobbly race, air rifle shooting, race around cemeteries, design and build your own rocket, and an art competition. The day came to an end with a delicious community braai and refreshments, followed by a dance in the community center arranged by Sean Burns the Administrator. Everyone who attended had a great time.
The competition and race results are at the bottom of this page.
|Two views of the Produce Show and Art Competition.|
|Funniest Potato Classes||Pot Plant Clas|
|Best Swiss Roll Class||Wheelbarrow Race.|
|Wibble Wobbly Race - racing blindfolded with jelly on a spoon.|
|Target shooting with air rifles.|
|Ladies' Round the Cemetaries Race.||Men's Round the Cemetaries Race.|
|Trial of strength.||Race instructions.|
|Potato and Spoon Racers.|
Competition and Race Results