Her Excellency Governor Lisa Honan hosted a Garden Party at Plantation House to mark the 92nd birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday, 9 June 2018.
Invited guests included various members of St Helena’s community, Prince Andrew School students, Girl Guides, Scouts, private sector individuals, retired public servants, Miss St Helena & her Runners Up and Elected Members.
In HE’s opening speech, Governor Lisa, said:
“As you look around today, the common thread is ‘achievement’. St Helena has come a long way since the last Queen’s Birthday Party. Sometimes you don’t even see it happening. But the achievements and progress this year are in no small part down to the people here today. So I want to thank you. Going forward it’s certainly not going to be plain sailing, but if we all work together and cooperate, I am confident St Helena will move forward.”
Governor Lisa then presented Certificates and Badges of Honour to crew members of the RMS St Helena for over 20 years continuous service, and for long service until the ship was decommissioned in February 2018. Awards for Acts of Bravery were also presented, as well as a Badge of Honour recognising long service and commitment to nursing.
Prince Andrew School student, Keira Francis, also gave a speech on the day. Keira said:
“It’s halfway through the year of 2018 and so much has happened. There have been so many achievements, celebrations and future prospects/aims here on St Helena. The Island is changing, and I feel it is changing for the better. St Helena is leading the way forward in the eyes of increased connectivity, environmental awareness and sustainability.”
The day concluded with guests mingling and enjoying live music provided by the ‘Get Togethers’ Orchestra.
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12 June 2018