News from the Tristan da Cunha Government, including the Governor, the Resident Administrator, Chief Islander and Tristan-related official events in the UK and abroad.

Paying Tristan's respects to Queen Elizabeth II in UK

Events in London and Scotland

Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnegy reports from London

Chris Carnegy (front left) representing Tristan da Cunha at the lying-in-state
of Her Late Majesty in Westminster Hall on 15th September 2022.

It was a solemn duty to represent the Chief Islander and community of Tristan da Cunha at the lying-in-state of Her Late Majesty. 

On Thursday 15th September I was invited by the UK Government to the historic Westminster Hall, which was the centre of national mourning and remembrance as many thousands filed past, to bow before the Queen's coffin and pray that she might rest in peace.

Left: Chris bowing before the catafalque in Westminster Hall.

Chris Carnegy signing the diplomatic Book of Condolence
on behalf of the Government of Tristan da Cunha -
Chris' entry is shown below.

Afterwards I walked to Lancaster House, where I signed the diplomatic Book of Condolence on behalf of the island. En route, the Tristan flag was proudly flying in Parliament Square, accompanied by a black 'mourning cravat'.

Tristan's Chief Islander James Glass was invited to the State Funeral, but no vessel was available for him to travel in time. The island was represented by the Governor, HE Nigel Phillips CBE.

 

The photo left shows Chris beneath the Tristan flag flying in Parliament Square with the black mourning cravat hanging from the side arm of the flagpole for the solemn occasion.


Bob Carse reports from Dundee

On Sunday 11th September my family and I paid our last respects to the late Queen and I decided that I should take with me the Tristan da Cunha flag in order that the island be represented on such an important journey knowing how much the islanders cared for the late Queen.

I felt quite proud to be in a position to represent the feelings of the islanders on her last journey through Dundee and on to Edinburgh .

Bob's images show his family gathered with the Tristan flag above and his view of the hearse conveying the Late Queen to Edinburgh from Balmoral.

Tristan da Cunha Association member Bob is a stalwart friend of the Tristan da Cunha island community.

He made fourteen working visits to the island between 1996 and 2017, writing an article entitled Rockhopper Choppers for the February 2011 Tristan Newsletter.

Chief Islander's address in tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Address by Chief Islander James Glass

The address was presented during a community service of thanksgiving for the life of Her Late Majesty, held at 5pm on Saturday 10th September 2022 in St Joseph's Catholic Church, Tristan da Cunha.

"Tonight's service, for the whole community, is taking place in St Joseph's Catholic Church. A further service is planned at St Mary's for the day of the state funeral.

I know everyone here will join me in expressing the sadness of our whole community at the death of Her Majesty.

Tristan da Cunha was the remotest inhabited part of her realm, but we proudly fly the Union Flag and Queen Elizabeth’s portrait in our Council Chamber inspired all our deliberations, reminding us of a life devoted to public service.

Growing up as a boy, I can recall the esteem in which she was held, and the love and affection shown to Her Majesty by the islanders. In many houses of the older generation, you would often see a portrait of the Queen hanging on the wall.

In 1962, after the volcano led to the temporary evacuation of our island, Her Majesty graciously welcomed Tristanian refugees to Buckingham Palace. Her kindness will never be forgotten here.

It gives us great comfort to know that she is now at peace with her beloved husband, the late Duke of Edinburgh - who visited here in 1957 and who was such a staunch supporter of our island.

We join together today in sending our deepest condolences, across many miles of ocean, to the Royal Family.

May she rest in peace.

God Save The King."

Souvenir Sheetlet from the March 2022 Platinum Jubilee stamp issue, also used in the cover design for the August 2022 Tristan da Cunha Newsletter, showing Queen Elizabeth II photographed at Buckingham Palace in 1956.

New Administrator Swears Allegiance to King Charles III

Photos from Sue Ivory

Jason Ivory was sworn in as the new Administrator in the Residency on Monday 12th September 2022 during a sombre evening ceremony that took place in the presence of the Chief Islander, the Island Council and their spouses or partners.

The ceremony was granted special permission by the Governor, Nigel Phillips, to go ahead during the period of mourning for Her Late Majesty Queen Elisabeth II. This was necessary because of the imminent departure of the outgoing Co-Administrators Fiona Kilpatrick and Steve Townsend. Their next posting will be to the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific Ocean, almost but not quite as remote as Tristan.

We think it very likely that Jason is the first British diplomat in the world to swear allegiance to King Charles III.

Left: Video of Jason Ivory swearing in, with outgoing Administrator Fiona Kilpatrick and Council Clerk, Geraldine Repetto, officiating. The ceremony has three parts: Swearing allegiance to King Charles III, swearing in as Administrator, and swearing in as Tristan's magistrate.
Jason Ivory (left) with outgoing Administrators Fiona Kilpatrick and Steve Townsend.
Above: Jason Ivory (left) with outgoing Administrators Fiona Kilpatrick and Steve Townsend.

The new and outgoing Administrators with the Tristan da CUnha Island Council at the swearing in ceremony.

The new and outgoing Administrators with the Tristan da Cunha Island Council at the swearing in ceremony.
L-R: Jason Ivory, James Glass, Carlene Glass-Green, Steve Swain, Beverley Swain, Conrad Glass, Anne Green, Ian Lavarello, Vera Glass, Fiona Kilpatrick and Steve Townsend.

Tristan's Tributes following the Death of Queen Elizabeth II

The Tristan community expresses their condolences following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the 8th September 2022.
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New Tristan Desk Officer

Derek Lavery takes over as Tristan Desk Officer at the FCDO.
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Inauguration of new Governor

HE Nigel Phillips CBE sworn-in on 13th August
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Stephanie Martin joins UK delegation in Portugal
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Rockhopper diplomacy for Chief Islander

James Glass meets Overseas Territories Minister
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Chief Islander's cruise ship briefing

James Glass meets Sue Blanchard
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