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‘UK has been resolute in face of adversity’- Queen on 91st birthday

- VI celebrates Her Majesty’s birthday with traditional Queen’s Birthday Parade
His Excellency The Governor John S. Duncan OBE inspects members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) during the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 91, celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June. Photo: Internet Source
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 91, celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June. Photo: Internet Source
Some of the persons who attended the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons who attended the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), Deputy Premier Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) were some of the elected representatives who attended the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Premier Dr The Hon D. Orlando Smith (AL), Deputy Premier Dr The Hon Kedrick D. Pickering (R7) and Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL) were some of the elected representatives who attended the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
From left: Police Commissioner Michael Matthews and Governor John S. Duncan OBE at the hoisting of the flag at the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
From left: Police Commissioner Michael Matthews and Governor John S. Duncan OBE at the hoisting of the flag at the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Members of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service who received Medals of Service at the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Members of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Service who received Medals of Service at the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Althea Scatilffe Primary School's drum corps. Photo: VINO
Althea Scatilffe Primary School's drum corps. Photo: VINO
Members of the Cadet Corps at the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Members of the Cadet Corps at the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Elmore Stoutt High School's Drum Corps at the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Elmore Stoutt High School's Drum Corps at the Queen's Birthday Parade at Wickham's Cay II on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Government officials and persons in the Virgin Islands community gathered on Saturday June 17, 2017, to officially celebrate the birthday of the Queen of England, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: VINO
Government officials and persons in the Virgin Islands community gathered on Saturday June 17, 2017, to officially celebrate the birthday of the Queen of England, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: VINO
WICKHAM’S CAY II, Tortola, VI – Government officials and persons in the Virgin Islands community gathered on Saturday June 17, 2017, to officially celebrate the birthday of the Queen of England, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Dressed in full regalia, the armed and unarmed forces of the Territory, along with charities, school groups, and several non-profit organisations, participated in a parade and march past on the vacant lot behind the Central Administration Complex on Wickham’s Cay II.

During the parade, His Excellency the Governor, John S. Duncan, OBE, who was accompanied by Mr Michael Matthews, Commissioner of Police, thoroughly inspected all the troops on parade.

“Thank you for your birthday greetings. She much appreciates your kind words on her birthday and sends her warm good wishes to the government and to the people of the Virgin Islands,” remarked the Governor on behalf of the Queen.

‘Sombre national mood’ in UK

Meanwhile, the mood for The Queen’s official birthday celebration was described as sombre by The Queen in her birthday message to the United Kingdom.

London was rocked by a third terror attack in three months before June 18, 2017 when a man drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park.

Added to that, the number of people dead or missing presumed dead following the Grenfell Tower fire on June 13, 2017 has now risen to 79.

“Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very’ sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.

“As a nation, we continue to reflect and pray for all those who have been directly affected by these events. During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by the immediate inclination of people throughout the country to offer comfort and support to those in desperate need.”

Her Majesty The Queen further said: “Put to the test, the United Kingdom has been resolute in the face of adversity. United in our sadness, we are equally determined, without fear or favour, to support all those rebuilding lives so horribly affected by injury and loss.”

Medals of Service

Several officers from the armed and unarmed forces in the Territory were acknowledged and awarded for their long standing service.

Medals were awarded to the following officers for their years of long service and good conduct in the Police Force: Constable Douglas Blyden, Constable Joanne George, Constable Lola Stevens and Constable Dwight Williams, (18 years); Superintendent Jacqueline E. Vanterpool, Inspector Dariel Robinson, Inspector Adrian Kartick, Inspector Smyrna Brewley and Sergeant Donna Monsanto, (25 years); Chief Inspector Paula Hazel-Alleyne and Chief Inspector Dennis Jones, (30 years).

The following Fire and Rescue Brigade officers received awards for their long service and good conduct: Chief Fire Officer Zebalon A. Mclean, Leading Fire Officer Samuel Lettesome, Sub Officer Alexander Parillon and Fire Officer Walden Powell, (25 years); Deputy Chief Fire Officer William Penn, Station Officer Tyronne Caddle, Station Officer Melvin Jeffers, Sub Officer Victor Williams and Sub officer Geraldo Barry (30 years).

For their years of long service and good conduct to the Prison Service, medals were awarded to Grade 1 Officer Rudolph Jackson and Grade 1 Officer Ava Donovan, (18 years) and Principal Officer Alexander Mills (30 years).

The Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on April 21 and her official birthday on (usually) the second Saturday in June.

8 Responses to “‘UK has been resolute in face of adversity’- Queen on 91st birthday”

  • Baldhead (19/06/2017, 08:15) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    First time i am seeing him in public with his wife
  • Free the slaves (19/06/2017, 08:16) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
    Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
  • Shush (19/06/2017, 08:49) Like (2) Dislike (11) Reply
    @Baldhead, Maybe you never saw them together is because you do not go to the places they go. To high for you.
  • NICK (19/06/2017, 16:28) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Queens message pushed back to June 21 in London. No government yet. Poor May. Snap election, Brexit and bad politics.
  • Xtopit (20/06/2017, 14:04) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Imagine in this day and age, people of colour celebrating the Queen's birthday, the inheriter of the Oppressors of Black People. Are we advancing or retreating? The Monarchy was involved in making money off slavery, pilfered the gold and precious items from Africa, enslaved us and we still today as young things who cannot leave our mother? Stop this nonsense in this age, people. Let us keep parade for the people who built the BVI, the Royal Queen didn't, so she go siddung and we must stop celebrating her.


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