Chris Carnegy lays Cenotaph wreath on behalf of Tristan da Cunha

Tristan at the heart of UK remembrance

Report and photos from Tristan Government UK Representative Chris Carnnegy

It was a solemn honour to represent Tristan da Cunha and her sister islands at the UK's central ceremony of remembrance in London on 12th November 2023.

Chris in Downing Street en route to the FCDO
with his official invitation.
Chris with the wreath

Tristan and St Helena alternate in representing the wider Territory, and I laid our poppy wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall as part of the first group to follow the King, the royal family and leading UK politicians. The UK Overseas Territories were granted this privilege for the first time in 2019.

Close-up of the wreath

This year has brought the 80th anniversary of the climax of the Battle of the Atlantic - a poignant reminder of the important role Tristan played in detecting U-boats during the Second World War.

The inscription on the wreath reads "From the governments and the people of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha".

Tracy Knight, Turks and Caicos Rep, leads the UK Overseas Territories procession
to the Cenotaph with Chris second place.

Chris, second from the right, laying the St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha wreath.
Those able to watch the ceremony on BBC 1 will have been proud of the prominence of Tristan da Cunha
in the wreath-laying as described with us usual gravity by David Dimbleby.