Falklands will celebrate Queen’s birthday

StanleyOn Tuesday 21 April the Falkland Islands will be holding a parade to celebrate the birthday of Queen Elizabeth. Contingents from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and the Falklands’ Defense Force will form at Stanley’s Victory Green, reports Gilbert House, seat of the Falklands’ elected Legislative Assembly.

According to the schedule announced the parade will form up at Victory Green at 10.20 hours and His Excellency the Governor will arrive at 10.30 hours. The parade will then proceed along the usual lines, and will be followed by a march past at which Governor Colin Roberts CVO will take the Royal Salute.

Taking part in the parade will be contingents of the Royal Navy, the Army, the Royal Air Force, the Falkland Islands Defense Force supported by the Yorkshire Regiment Band, and members of youth organizations.

Also in attendance will be representatives of the Legislative Assembly and the Falkland Islands Government. There will be a fly-past at approximately 10.45 hours.

Gilbert House points out that “this is an important occasion and gives members of the public the opportunity to demonstrate their loyalty to the Crown and pay their respects to Her Majesty, whose presence is symbolized by the flying of the Royal Standard during part of the ceremony”.

Members of the public attending the parade are invited to observe it from points on Victory Green and should be in position by 10.15 hours. The particular areas will be indicated by the Police Officers on duty. It is appropriate for medals and decorations to be worn on this occasion.