Vexillologists vexed as UK fails to fly the flag for territories

There’s been a bit of a flap on in the corridors of Whitehall, over a broken promise to Britain’s overseas territories. When the UK government announced that the flags of islands such as St Helena were to be flown at state occasions, it was seen as a way of signifying their importance to the mother […]

Funeral is held after Tristan da Cunha beach tragedy

The Tristan da Cunha website reports that the funeral has taken place of the islander who was swept to his death at the start of the Queen’s Jubilee weekend. Barry Swain was caught by a wave while crossing a beach on 2 June 2012. Jubilee commemorations two days later were toned down, and a dance […]

Jamestown’s Jubilee jamboree – in words and pictures

Words and pictures: St Helena Government St Helena joined other UK Overseas Territories and countries around the world to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a weekend of celebrations. First was the annual Garden Party at the Governor’s residence, Plantation House, to mark the Queen’s Birthday, where around 300 invited guests assembled in glorious weather […]

St Helena Online wishes readers a great Jubilee weekend

(This story is being left online for archival reasons. However, a beach tragedy on Tristan da Cunha has meant that the weekend’s commemoration of the jubilee was “muted”, according to the website). While Saints are dancing down the street on the day of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations on 4 June, islanders on Tristan […]

Heads win every time with Ascension’s jubilee coin

If the person at the bar suggests calling heads or tails to decide who pays for the drinks, just make sure they’re not holding the new Ascension Island £5 coin. It’s got heads on both sides. And not only that, but one side has not just the Queen’s head, as usual, but two of them: one as Her […]

Island prepares to join Queen’s diamond jubilation

A diamond of light will shine out from St Helena when the island joins worldwide celebrations of the Queen’s 60 years on the British throne. Five Jubilee beacons that have been despatched to the island will be the “most remote” of 2,012 that will be lit at the end of a day of festivities on 4 […]