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Kedell goes to the Abbey for Coronation anniversary

Kedell Worboys, St Helena’s representative in the UK, has been representing the territory at a service in Westminster Abbey (4 June 2013) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Sukey Cameron of the Falkland Islands has also been at the service.

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Stacey and Laura see the Queen

Stacey and Laura in the crowd at Hitchin, waving plastic Union Flags.St Helenians Stacey Thomas and Laura Lawrence were among crowds who turned out in Hitchin, in the UK, to see Her Majesty the Queen on a Jubilee year visit. See their picture gallery on Facebook, here.

Tristan lights up for the Diamond Jubilee (with comment)

Aerial view of Tristan, with the summit clear but cloud on the flanks
Tristan da Cunha: lighting up for the Queen (picture: Defence Images)

It seems the five Diamond Jubilee beacons to be lit on St Helena will not be the most remote in the world. Once again, Tristan da Cunha is set to steal that title.

Its single beacon will be lit by chief islander Ian Lavarello on Monday, 4 June 2012, when nations around the globe mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign.

Monday’s Jubilee celebrations on the tiny island will also include a Service of Thanksgiving, a flag parade, a presentation of medals, and a dance.

Mr Lavarello said: “We are thrilled and we’re honoured that we can celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of our Queen here on our home, the most remote inhabited island on Earth.”

The beacon will be lit on the solidified lava of the volcano, which erupted in 1961, forcing the famous evacuation.

The Press Association in London reports that Tristan and the outlying Inaccessible and Nightingale islands are landmarks for ships.

That has prompted a rueful comment to St Helena Online, recalling the vessel that ran aground last year and spilled oil that killed hundreds of rockhopper penguins.

“Apparently they are only landmarks during daylight hours,” writes London Reader. “I suggest that when these celebrations are over they put the beacon on Nightingale Island, with a solar or wind energy power system, to try to prevent any more of George Economou’s bulk carriers from crashing into the island at 14 knots.”

Royal honour for 121 islanders
Penguin rescuers triumph – maybe

Full list of medal recipients on Ascension, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha
Diamond Jubilee Medal

Royal honour for 120 islanders

Diamond Jubilee Medal - double view showing both faces, with purple ribbonsDiamond Jubilee medals are to be awarded to 120 people on the islands of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

They include 29 recipients on Tristan and 37 on Ascension – and also Fiyanna Maggott, who only received her Golden Jubilee medal last week, ten years late.

The award is given by Her Majesty the Queen as a mark of thanks, as she celebrates 60 years on the throne.

It is given to members of the British armed forces, emergency personnel and prison staff who have given five years’ good service.

Recipients on St Helena will be presented with their medals by His Excellency the Governor during the opening ceremony of the Jubilee celebrations on Monday 4 June 2012, at 10am.

Governor Capes has a surprise for Fiyanna (ten years late)
Heads win every time with Ascension’s jubilee coin

Full list of medal recipients on Ascension, St Helena and Tristan da Cunha
Diamond Jubilee Medal