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The Princess Royal visits the Falklands Islands

Published 18 November 2022

The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence are undertaking a visit to the Falkland Islands at the request of His Majesty’s Government.

About the Visit

During the visit, The Princess Royal will call on His Majesty’s Governor, meet the Members of the Legislative Assembly and attend several receptions for local community members.

Her Royal Highness will also visit the Mount Pleasant base for British Forces South Atlantic Islands and visit sites and lay wreaths to mark the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 Conflict.

There will also be the opportunity to visit conservation sites to showcase the unique flora and fauna in this Overseas Territory.

Day One

Her Royal Highness, accompanied by Sir Tim Laurence, arrived at the Falkland Islands, where they were welcomed by the Governor of Falkland Islands (Her Excellency Mrs. Alison Blake).

Day Two

The Princess Royal met Members of the Legislative Assembly, before laying a wreath at the 1982 Liberation Memorial in Port Stanley.

Her Royal Highness then visited the Primary and Secondary Schools in Port Stanley to hear about the education facilities on the Islands.

As Patron of City & Guilds, The Princess then visited the Falkland College, an accredited City & Guilds site.

In the afternoon, Her Royal Highness then visited the Falklands Islands and MOD Demining teams to receive a brief on how the Islands were successfully demined following 1982, before visiting a Magellanic Penguin colony under the care of the Falkland Conservation to see the work that has been possible due to the successful demining.

At Liberty Lodge, The Princess then met veterans of the 1982 Conflict and later attended a reception hosted by the Falklands Islands Government for the Island community.

Day Three

Her Royal Highness attended the Mount Pleasant Community Open day, touring civilian and military stands and meeting military personnel from Regiments and corps of which she is Colonel.

Following this, The Princess, accompanied by Sir Tim Laurence, visited Goose Green for the Falklands Islands Multicultural Day.

On route to Goose Green Her Royal Highness visited the Col H Jones and 2 Para Memorials and the Argentine Military Cemetery near Darwin.

In the afternoon The Princess visited San Carlos to pay respects at the Blue Beach military cemetery.

Day Four

The Princess Royal and Admiral Sir Tim Laurence visited Bleaker Island nature reserve.

In the afternoon they visited some of the battlefield sites of the 1982 Conflict, including Mount Harriet and Two Sisters.

Day Five

Her Royal Highness, as patron of the South Georgia Heritage Trust, met representatives of the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Government to receive an update on the progress of the rodent eradication programme since her last visit in 2016.

The Princess then visited the Historical Dockyard Museum 1982 conflict Exhibition, followed by a walking tour of Stanley and the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate city status being granted to Stanley.

As patron of Mission to Seafarers, Her Royal Highness visited the Lighthouse Seafarer’s Mission to mark its 25th anniversary.

Next, there was a visit to the Falklands Islands Wool Company and then onto the Falklands Islands Meat company.

Her Royal Highness then planted a tree for The Queen’s Green Canopy in the 1982 Memorial Wood.

Finally, Her Royal Highness attended a Falkland Islands Government dinner to commemorate Stanley receiving City status as part of the Late Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, and to mark the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 Conflict.

Day Six

On the final day ,The Princess Royal visited the HMS SHEFFIELD Memorial on Sea Lion Island and later visited the Sea Lion Island National Nature Reserve and Bluff Cove.