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Farewell parade for Falklands' outgoing governor; designate arrives in September

Friday, July 14th 2017 - 06:15 UTC
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Outgoing governor Colin Roberts CVO Outgoing governor Colin Roberts CVO
Appointed Governor Nigel Phillips CBE Appointed Governor Nigel Phillips CBE

A farewell parade for the Falkland Islands outgoing governor, Mr Colin Roberts CVO, will be held on Sunday July 16, on Stanley's Victory Green and Ross Road, according to a release from Gilbert House, seat of the Falklands elected government.

 The farewell parade will include a Royal Salute and following the Salute an inspection will start with the Tri-Service detachment representing BFSAI and move to the FIDF detachment, the Royal British Legion and Associations.

Members of the Legislative Assembly and FIG Directors will be in attendance. There will be 17 gun salute and the Governor’s sword will be handed over to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly for safe-keeping until the Governor Designate is sworn in later this year.

The Governor will speak to Youth Groups and spectators before returning to Government House. Members of the Public are cordially invited to attend the Parade and should be in position not later than 1050 hours. It is appropriate for medals to be worn for this occasion.

Governor Roberts will be leaving the Islands on Tuesday 18 July. He will be replaced by recently appointed Nigel Phillips CBE, who will be taking up his post next September. Phillips served in the RAF from 1984 until 2000, and has since then worked in a number of defense attaché roles in British Embassies.

Since 2016 Phillips has been at the UK Permanent Representation to the European Union, in Brussels, Deputy Military Representative. Between 2014 and 2016 he was head, Russian Strategic Studies/Wider Europe Policy and 2013/14 Member of Royal College of Defense Studies. (Penguin News).-

Categories: Politics, Falkland Islands.

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  • DemonTree

    @Jo Bloggs
    I suppose women could get ready in 10 minutes if they didn't mind looking like men. That might not be what you want though?

    And there is no point asking. If DoD is not Think then he is just as pointlessly mysterious. I'm gonna assume it's all a load of bollocks until I have reason to think otherwise.

    Jul 15th, 2017 - 11:23 pm +2
  • Islander1

    Think and Dover,
    As has been well explained on here and before- FI Governors serve usually between 3 and 4 yrs - exact time depends on several factors like when another post comes up they want apply for to further their career- and when someone else wants to apply for their job down here. Others are upcoming major- ie Royal/Senior Minister visits- you want the established
    Gov who knows folks for those so these can delay a departure. And other personal factors - like Gov Roberts kids were changing schools in UK and parents wanted to spend more time and be nearer them,he was due to move on late June, then in May he became very ill and was medivacced to Santiago and later on to UK, and he is I suspect not fully recovered yet.
    So nothing odd at all. Anything up at MPA is NOT his patch- that is why there is a military South Atlantic Forces Commander up there numpty! What Security breach anyway?

    And the next Gov due to arrive Sept is NOT a serving RAF Officer!! He was - a military man - we have had them before - but now he is no longer and has not been for some time- doubt if he is even still on the reserves list.

    Meanwhile we have a very pleasant friendly and competent Acting Governor with full powers.

    Jul 16th, 2017 - 10:11 pm +2
  • Roger Lorton

    I hear that Canada is about to get a new Governor-General too. Changes all around :-)

    Jul 14th, 2017 - 04:50 pm +1
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