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People of VI will be deeply saddened by Queen’s passing- Governor Rankin

-calls for a period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II
Governor of the Virgin Islands, H.E. John J. Rankin says the people of the Virgin Islands will be saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 today, September 8, 2022. Photo: Internet Source
The Governor added that Her Majesty gave exemplary and loyal service throughout her life and was a was a friend to the Virgin Islands having visited twice. Photo: VINO/File
The Governor added that Her Majesty gave exemplary and loyal service throughout her life and was a was a friend to the Virgin Islands having visited twice. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Governor of the Virgin Islands, H.E. John J. Rankin says the people of the Virgin Islands (VI) will be saddened by the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 today, September 8, 2022.

Referencing a statement from Buckingham Palace on the death, the Governor this afternoon said, “I know the people of the British Virgin Islands will be deeply saddened by this news and will join me in a period of mourning for Her Majesty The Queen. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this difficult time.”

Buckingham palace in an announcement this afternoon said, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”

The Governor added that Her Majesty gave exemplary and loyal service throughout her life, she was a friend to the Virgin Islands having visited twice.

Queen visited VI twice 

The Queen visited the VI 1966 arriving on the Royal Yacht Britannia which was anchored in Road Harbour, and returned once more in 1977 when she laid the foundation stone for a new wing of Peebles Hospital he said.

“We will remember her with great fondness and respect.  Arrangements will be made both online and in person for those wishing to offer condolences and further announcements will made in due course,” Governor Rankin added.

Meanwhile, the Governor’s statement indicated that the Condolence books will be available online at the website and they will be opening a book of condolence on Friday, September 9, 2022, at the Old Government House Museum.

The Book will be opened to the public from 11am-3pm on Friday from 10:00hrs- 15:00hrs and on Saturday, September 10, 2022, and then each day from Monday, September 12, 2022, from 10:00hrs until 3:00hr until the funeral of The Queen.

He said further arrangements will be made in due course.

68 Responses to “People of VI will be deeply saddened by Queen’s passing- Governor Rankin”

  • Pfffff (08/09/2022, 18:08) Like (14) Dislike (24) Reply
    • grace (09/09/2022, 07:09) Like (9) Dislike (17) Reply
      This goes to show you how disconnected and dillusional he is about us. He really thinks we are upset over his queen.dying? We mourn for our loved ones whom he and the UK cares nothing about. Yes, we mourn for our families all of the time, contrary to their beliefs that we don't have feelings like they do.
  • ... (08/09/2022, 18:13) Like (17) Dislike (24) Reply
    not mee
  • WO (08/09/2022, 18:14) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    I dont beleive that
    You say you dont want them to take over
    Make up your mind
  • rip (08/09/2022, 18:40) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
  • class (08/09/2022, 18:56) Like (33) Dislike (9) Reply
    In such events, lies the opportunity for people to show their class. so many of the readers on this site show their utter lack of it. The ignorance is staggering but in a way pitiful given we live in a territory that takes half a decade, a school generation, to even start to rebuild the high school, having turned away offers to do so in 2018.
    The government of the day, howsoever embattled with the COI, has not exactly shown its dignity either in contrast with so many other proud territories and nations who share many of our historic experiences. This Queen’s 70 years in service of the UK, its territories and the Commonwealth, including getting hands on during a World War, has shown immense progress and contrast to the times of her predecessors. Something, for example, Mandela and his family also hold dear. No he wasn’t in Evan Almighty - If you need to Google Mandela, it’s worth spending some time reading his story and approach. Audiobook it if that’s too difficult.
    • class (08/09/2022, 22:13) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      But our Premier spoke quite well today. Credit to him.
    • @class (09/09/2022, 03:36) Like (17) Dislike (15) Reply

      Please be respectful when talking about the queen. She was a head of state, a monarch, a mother of multiple pedophiles, and a devoted cousin to her husband.

      • @ @class (09/09/2022, 20:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        Yet all those credentials means absolutely nothing if she was not born again! It was a wasted life of prestige and privilege!

        Mark 8:36-38
        36For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? 37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? 38Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.

    • Priviledge and class (09/09/2022, 07:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

      Since you think Mandella is applicable in the context of a dead imperialist monarch, why don't you break down his Apartheid story for us classless, ignorant and pitiful folk?

      Maybe you will agree that Mandella would not have benefitted from a role in "Evan Almighty", which received countless negative reviews. Now, Morgan Freeman is a different story. I met Morgan F in Virgin Gorda, and we briefly discussed "Lean on me"... so for the life of me, I could not understand why he went on to star in such a film as "Evan Almighty". But that's just the brilliance of Morgan F.
    • @class (09/09/2022, 20:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      This is the year 2022…. it’s time to stop whitewashing history! You yourself need to show some class!
  • blaze (08/09/2022, 19:00) Like (28) Dislike (24) Reply
    Why should we be sadden? Tell them return all the land they stole back to the rightful owners, and also all those precious stones, diamonds, gold etc.. they stole from Africa. all the reparation money need to be given to the people who ancestors was enslaved by these wicked people
  • Black Lives Matter (08/09/2022, 19:03) Like (29) Dislike (22) Reply
    He speaking for him and the white peoples get loss we need reparation
  • Speaking on behalf of whom? (08/09/2022, 19:18) Like (36) Dislike (35) Reply
    How do you know what we will feel? We barely cared about her existence, nevertheless her death. Were we not suppose to be just a bird sanctuary to people like her? You must be speaking on behalf of the Caucasian population here and a few delusional black ones.
    • Bird Sanctuary (09/09/2022, 06:06) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
      Get over it. One civil servant eons a go mentioned bird sanctuary, not the queen, and you keep harping on it. 75% of St John is actually a bird sanctuary. Do you see them bemoaning this fact. Look at the roads in St John compare to ours. That bird sanctuary has better roads than us, maybe it would be better if we had become a bird sanctuaty.
      • Bull$hit (09/09/2022, 14:07) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        Most of that land was made a national park, which by the way reduced the amount of land to build on. Scarce land, high prices. How many locals own land on St. John? They trying the same $shir over here; look at Shannon Estate; Greenbank; Belmont; Jost Van Dyke. Consider VG gone!
        • Gone where? (10/09/2022, 07:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
          Those places you mentioned - Shannon, Green Banks etc. They’re gone? Do you mean sold? By local BVIslanders who decided to cash in their inheritance and walk with big money? That was their choice. And you prejudice people always say those properties are for wyppl. That’s bull. Anyone can buy land in those places. Price too high? That’s not race, that’s money talking, and you helped make them so expensive.
          And as we know, poor oppressed BVIslanders who are terrified of bird sanctuaries have very little money, aside from the land they own, apartment buildings they rent out, office buildings they rent out, businesses they own and partner in, properties in the US, offshore companies they set up, boats with 1000+ horsepower on the back and cars that are so fancy they don’t make it over speed bumps.
          Some of you play the race and colonial and class cards all the time and yet you riding higher than almost any country in the world when it comes to per capita wealth.
          Now you reached where your ancestors couldn’t get and all you want to do is unleash hatred against people that really, truly do not hate you. Why?
          • @ Gone where? (11/09/2022, 00:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            The greatest honour is not from men but from God! Whatever we have was received from God. We did not steal it and plunder other nations for it and then demand to be honored because of it. If not for the love of Jesus our enemies would have destroyed us long ago, and we remember and honour Him with our praises. We were enslaved and dishonored by man, but saved, blessed and honored by God! This is Our history and heritage and it will be told and not whitewashed! We are blessed because who God blesses no man curse!

            (As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.) Genesis 50:20-21

          • @Gone where? (11/09/2022, 00:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            By the time the US land tax system took its toll on the residence of those lands, they would have had to sell anyway. The system of evil is always available to accommodate the rich and evil. Throughout history we have seen colonizers staged property sieges. Always looking at the grass on the neighbors side of the fence hoping to remove them from their inheritance because they feel that they are more entitled.

            What is St John property tax?
            5% for property worth $350,000 to 1 million. 3% for property worth $1 million to $5 million. 5% for property worth over $5 million.
  • Lemmy (08/09/2022, 19:24) Like (19) Dislike (17) Reply
    When could another family have a chance to be queen or king? One family forever is a dictatorship. We want new blood preferably a blk, Hispanic or any other race.
    • when (09/09/2022, 07:39) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      @Lemmy whan other reggae artist be the king of reggae title? I feel another blood preferably a real black”. Dude get over it the Marley’s will forever and always be that royal family names that will always be dominant.
  • Real (08/09/2022, 19:29) Like (6) Dislike (9) Reply
  • BVI Gal (08/09/2022, 19:31) Like (18) Dislike (20) Reply
    Really? Why would we be saddened of her passing? Am I missing something
  • Fallen (08/09/2022, 19:35) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    Operation London Bridge is fallen down. The Earth is Vibrating higher
  • Thief dem (08/09/2022, 19:47) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Not me
  • Harry's wife (08/09/2022, 20:11) Like (21) Dislike (19) Reply
    Her own daughter in law call the family racist
  • Citizen (08/09/2022, 20:18) Like (58) Dislike (9) Reply
    Why Is it that we are so angry? We are angry at the living and my God even more angry at the dead. Just have your simply condolences and give the ugly remarks a rest. It takes more energy to be angry than to be happy.
  • resident (08/09/2022, 20:26) Like (36) Dislike (22) Reply
    Having grown up in svg where the monarchy was a part of our history I feel sad at the persons who can't appreciate the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II. Most older persons who have the name Elizabeth were actually named in her honor or Elizabeth I. We followed the news of the royal family with all their drama. Her sister owned a home in the Grenadines and often holidayed there. Even if you do not have much knowledge of the family I think we owe her some respect and to refer to her death in a respectful way. Leave the nasty comments out or better still don't comment at all. Here in the bvi we have the Queen Elizabeth Bridge the Queen Elizabeth Gardens and Queen Elizabeth Beach. We do acknowledge her as the Head of our country.
    • LoL brainwashed down islander (09/09/2022, 03:12) Like (12) Dislike (10) Reply
      Bet you don't admire your own black people that way lol. She would scoff at and ignore your banana planting backside.
    • Lb (09/09/2022, 09:20) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      We so acknowledged AF and now Slowande
    • @ resident (09/09/2022, 20:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      There is a saying… never envy what a man has, because you never know how he got it! I say…never Admire it either!
  • Queen LIZard Kicks The Bucket (08/09/2022, 20:33) Like (10) Dislike (17) Reply
    The comment by Class sound so effin stupid. Are you suffering from amnesia. Must be a robot dog.
    • math (08/09/2022, 22:21) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      Anyone got the numbers about how much the U.K. took from BVI in a couple of hundred years, versus what the politicians took over the last 50 years…? It’s gotta be close, right?
  • Yes they were (08/09/2022, 21:22) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply
    Was her family apart of the slave trade?
  • down2earth (08/09/2022, 21:41) Like (16) Dislike (9) Reply
    Queen Elizabeth II was a God-fearing, remarkable woman and dutiful civil servant up to hours before her passing. She was also a living example of how we should treat and respect others. The world is a better place because of her diplomacy. May her soul rest in eternal peace.

    A native Virgin Islander to the Nth generation
  • The Reaper (08/09/2022, 23:07) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Who pass away.
  • Eagle Eye (09/09/2022, 01:23) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    All now the true history is not thought in our schools. So why be saddened. Their history is Wicked.
    • Eagle (09/09/2022, 05:58) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
      Every history is wicked. Which ever civilization you read about has a wicked begining. It was the norm of the day. Serfdom and servitude is the begining of all history. The strong dominating the weak. Blacks were enslaved by blacks in Africa. Blacks are still killing each other in Africa today. Our black Caribbean brothers are killing each other across the Caribbean, even in Tortola. Wickedness is an ingrown part of human beings. Not just of one people. Just look around the world today.
      • @Eagle (09/09/2022, 13:49) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
        It is so because what start bad can't end right. For things to get straighten out the truth must come to light. Get rid of the bible and that will be a huge step in correcting the mess.
      • @Eagle (09/09/2022, 20:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        A wicked beginning.. should always have a righteous end! It is time for her family to give back what their family stole from the world! There is no justification for them to showcase their plunder!
  • Sad for our country (09/09/2022, 04:51) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ignorance and hatred constantly displayed in so many areas, is a reminder of whom we live amongst. It is scary what our future would be with the ignorance we will face in generations to come and, if people don’t open their minds and educate themselves. We are becoming more and more of a backwards society that will be engulfed with violence from hatred and ignorance. Open your minds people, expose yourselves, read, make lifestyle changes to bring peace within. The fact that so many are so cold hearted to make such awful comments based on the passing of another human being, whether it be our Queen or anyone else for that matter, is a clear indication of the direction we are headed. Very sad. We can’t even get along with each other, so much black on black crime everywhere we turn. Our black brothers forming gangs and killing each other for what? When will we wake up and stop being our worst enemy and show support for each other? Anyone realize that our race is the only race still segregated among ourselves, holding each other back, robbing each other, jealous of our brother or sister when they are successful? When will we learn to support each other so we can grow in unity around the world and become the supreme race living like queens and kings? WILL THAT EVER HAPPEN OR WILL WE ALWAYS SPEW HATE AND NEVER CHANGE. Change starts within. Let us start changing. Can you even begin to imagine how beautiful we could be as a community if we didn’t have to worry about our own black people robbing and killing our own black people or anyone for that matter? We could have successful businesses and help bring those less fortunate, up to become successful. When will the change begin?
  • Editor (09/09/2022, 06:57) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Headline should be edited to say “Some will be deeply saddened”, based on the comments.
  • wisdom (09/09/2022, 07:47) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    At times like this is the best time to show our disappointment and disgust for the efforts to “get over it”

    They try very very hard to sweep us Caribbean people under the rug. The Atlantic is filled with bones. Chains made for children. Sweep that under.

    you can’t buy us out without a formal and sincere apology.

    Start there. Anything less is ignorance to the reality of this world.

    You rape someone kill someone steal their inheritance and never admit fault then expect we will sing about those sins.

    Remember how nazi guards are tried for standing by well apply that logic to modern day racist policies.

    Stop the lip service your actions speak louder than our words.

    It stirs up many emotions to see the ignorance that people still believe in owning human beings. Then they turn around and call us ignorant.

    Get over YOURSELF.
  • Really (09/09/2022, 08:18) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Vino have the nerves. I am a person of the vi/ bvi/ America and this idol is a devil worshipers that I will never worship. Money is the root of all evil and her picture is on money stay sleep because that alone should wake up the uneducated people which is book smart people because you was taught that you never think about the information and research what they say. Teaching is a brainwash from the elite system. All government all over the world proved to me for the pandemic that one evil entity control the while wide world. Lock us down, bankrupt all the small businesses while the big ones stay open. Tell you if you go outside you will get locked up wow and you trust these people. Why are they rich and your poor. The rich people have so much money to build up their our country,states,island etc but they don't why because you have to sell your soul to be rich so why would they help you when they are working for the elites to keep you broke. I am awake stay dumb. This plandemic should have wake you up but nope you stay dumb. I am glad to protect my family from all the wicked entity because I will die protecting my family from all wicked government people. All these wicked people running this island who's from here is my family but I see who they put first and it's not the Almighty Creator who i put first. They put the one eye god who's on the dollar bill in the illuminati pyramid that say in God we trust. Before I was wake I taught that's was the father and i had the sign on my car until I woke up. I also have the star for David the fallen Angel on me because they program my subconscious mind as a kid to love these things that bad. I broke myself out the spell and if you don't wake up to the deception your kids will fall just like this generation that is fallen. Girl dancing with girls. Teens having doing threesome and they don't care why because the elite put sex as a normal thing on tv. When I was growing up it wasn't allowed but different generation different brainwash. Question the world pray to the Almighty Creator because you all need guidance from him. He never made us to stress, get sick, work and died . That's what you think your here for wow. Common sense isn't common for you all. Surveillance under the skin words from Klaus Schwab from the world health organization. Why do you needpeople to control your health what happened to the Almighty Creator wow you all put man before him. Gp get your MRNA Mark of the beast vaccine then because you worship man and rge9r fake Gods of this earth which is hell. I was raised with the saying we are living in hell. That's facts
  • WW3 (09/09/2022, 08:42) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    with all this negativity about the Queen's passing, we will see a higher demand for the COI recommendations to be put in order immediately.

    when the people of the BVI show no blatant respect for England notice how Jaspert took action to bring about the COI while demanding respect.

    humble yourselves with the words we communicate, that Queen is who she was and that is that.

    she does deserve respect for the great milestone she has bought us through, after all, she is the reason we have the privilege to use the US dollar, dwell in the USVI, and have access to England and other places without a visa.

    • @ww3 (09/09/2022, 20:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So What? I hope they do… maybe it will finally provoke the people to rise up against colonization!
      • @@ww3 (10/09/2022, 07:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Eh, you’re late for that one! You didn’t hear that’s what the colonies were doing in the 1950s and 60s? And we didn’t because we didn’t want no part of that. The St. Croix golf course ‘liberation movement’ was ad close as we got and it was just about anyones definition of evil.
        When you talk like this, you’re talking about taking up arms against fellow humans. That’s serious because you’re going to kill humans who probably have done you no wrong, and be killed or watch those you love die.
        Why? Because you read about a liberation movement that happened 50yrs ago and want to play liberators?
        Face it, your focus on confrontation is about satisfying some ego-driven hero fantasy you have, not about bettering your already wealthy people.
        • @ @@ww3 (11/09/2022, 00:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          This is the way of mankind! Liberty has a cost, your nation and all nations know of this cost and have experienced this. As America says…give me liberty or give me death! We love or nation, you want our nation…just like you wanted the Americas but you did not get it. These lands are our blessings for your evil deeds. God will fight your evil Goliath and you all will fall! London bridge will fall and you will learn who God is…who takes Kings and Queens to their rest. When you fight against God’s people you wage war in heaven! You Better Be Careful!
  • SB (09/09/2022, 08:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ny99as die every day B that's a no.
  • lodger (09/09/2022, 08:50) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    I wonder what the age, education and gender is of all these bloggers who do not have a good word to say. You would be terrified to say those things face to face.
    • @lodger (09/09/2022, 20:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Why do you wish to know all that??

      One thing we have learned about colonizers throughout history, they always try to study their enemy. It’s a part of their culture and upbringing.
      • @@lodger (10/09/2022, 07:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        That’s some genius sh*t right there.
        You mean you studied your ‘enemy’ and one thing you learned about them is that … they study their enemies.
        Um. You got any more of this brain exploding insight into humans, history and why it’s ok to hate?
  • bbc news (09/09/2022, 09:05) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    The comments above just shows a country lacking the education, the class, or the ability to manage itself. A real shame. A lovely tourist stop but nothing more apart from its financial/legal services sector. The BVI has become a gloried port/tourist stop. Until there is a proper education system which will transcend to government and the running of the country it needs to be fully managed by those who have the experience to do just that. History happened, things have moved on, unfortunately the BVI people continue to live in the past. Work as little as possible but want everything!
    • stop (09/09/2022, 17:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      bbc news Stop hating
    • @bbc (09/09/2022, 20:56) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      Obviously you have taken an interest in our so called shameful country, or you would not be on here blogging! Save your comments for your queen!
  • The TRUTH (09/09/2022, 10:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    My whole life, I have never given a hoot about a queen or royal family. Next!
  • What About (09/09/2022, 12:25) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why is it that some persons give the impression that black people are the most violent and wicked on the planet. Study the history of civilization on the planet and tell me this is so. WW1 WW2 and the ongoing WW3 nothing compares and this is just a fraction of the full picture. Until we come out from the spell we are under we will never see the truth. Is it black people threatening the planet with nuclear holocaust. It amazes me how some BVIslanders are content to hold the country hostage self seeking ego trippin don't give a damn. And Brutus is an honorable man. These people are so toxic they should be made to wear a full HAZMAT suite. You are the real ones that perpetuate the evil (d-evil). The passing of the queen should come as a sobering moment and a wake up call. Hope Charles and Liz Truss have the guts. Time is running out.
  • rip (09/09/2022, 13:07) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lots to be said, but respectfully may her soul RIP.
  • Canegadenboi (09/09/2022, 14:46) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Be careful what you say about Liz. Rankin and jasbert will seek rewenge for the sacrilege being heaped on their departed mammi
    • @Can (09/09/2022, 21:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You should learn to fear God and not man!

      Liz and her predecessors has never feed my family throughout the centuries Jesus did! Who cares…Are they God! Let them try! Then they will see who truly rules the world!
  • @ down 2 earth (11/09/2022, 11:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    so was Arthur are just quiet Nth generational moron.

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