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Princess Royal opens The Falklands Commonwealth Walkway

January 15, 2016

 

HRH Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence with The Honourable Michael Poole MLA at the marker unveiling of The Falklands Commonwealth Walkway on Tuesday 12 January 2016.

 

HRH The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence officially launched the Commonwealth Walkway in The Falklands this week by unveiling the second marker at Christ Church Cathedral in the capital Stanley.  

 

Acompanying the guests were HE Colin Roberts CVO, Governor of The Falklands with Mrs Roberts and The Honourable Michael Poole, Member of the Legislative Assembly as well as many local residents and visitors.

 

The Princess Royal at the Falkalnds Commonwealth Walkway unveiling. 

 

The Princess Royal meets the team who have been coordinating the works for the Walkway in Stanley. 

The Princess Royal with The Hon Michael Poole at the unveiling which included removing The Falkland Island flag  from the bronze EIIR marker which has been set into the ground.

His Excellency Colin Roberts walks with The Princess Royal enjoying the Commonwealth Walkway in Stanley. 

 

The Cathedral is the southernmost Anglican cathedral in the world, consecrated in 1892. This is the parish church of the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the British Antarctic Territories designed by Sir Arthur Blomfield and built in 1890–1892 from the local stone and brick.  Inside the Cathedral is the Garter banner of Edward Shackleton, Baron Shackleton, which hung in St. George's Chapel in Windsor during his lifetime.  In the front of this church stands a whalebone arch, made from the jaws of two blue whales. The monument was raised in 1933 to commemorate the centenary of the British rule in Falkland Islands.

 

Christchurch Cathedral in Stanley, where the second marker on The Falklands Commonwealth Walkway was unveiled on 12 January by HRH The Princess Royal.

 

The first marker was unveiled outside Government House by The Governor when the Trust visited on 10 November 2015.  Local school children helped the Trust design a route as part of that visit which has since been agreed by the Assembly will take in 24 points of particular significance in the town.  The route can be seen here.


Hugo Vickers, Trust Chairman said " The Outdoor Trust was greatly honoured that The Princess Royal opened the Walkway in Stanley on her visit to the Falklands. Her visit evoked happy memories of our visit to the Falklands last November. We found them so enthusiastic and proud to be British."  

 

 Local school children, helping the Trust design the Walkway in November 2015.

 

Special thanks to Lisa Watson from The Penguin News and Jenny Cockwell at Government House in The Falkland Islands for sharing some of their photos with us so that we can bring you this story.

 

 

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