June 01, 2012
A colourful and informative 64 page booklet in commemoration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee has been published by the Diamond Jubilee Committee, Anguilla under the auspices of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The publication contains messages from Her Majesty the Queen, His Excellency the Governor, The Hon. Chief Minister and the Hon. Leader of the Opposition and special poems written for the occasion by Mrs. Patricia Adams and Mr. Lindon Hodge.
The main feature of the Commemorative Booklet is the article “A Citizen’s Perspective: Face to Face with Queen Elizabeth the Second” written by Mr. Nat Hodge, Editor of the Anguillian Newspaper. In the article Mr. Hodge writes about a different kind of history. He tells how Anguillians have remained loyal to the British Throne despite their chequered history dating back to Anguillas’ unpopular annexation with St. Kitts in 1825 and up through the revolutionary years from 1967.
From a Citizens’ Perspective he shows how Anguilla, though small and remote, has had its full share of Royal Visits over four decades, leading up to 2012, the Diamond Jubilee Year of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11.
Other highlights of the publication include a listing of Anguillian Honourees MBE, OBE and QC and a detailed feature inclusive of photography on the Royal Visit of the Earl and Countess of Wessex here in March this year.
Of special note to readers will be the Queen’s Jubilee Moments starting with Her Majesty’s First Christmas Broadcast in 1952; Coronation Oath and Coronation Day Speech on June 2nd, 1953; Silver Jubilee Address to Parliament on May 4th, 1977; Golden Jubilee Speech on June 4th, 2002 and Diamond Jubilee Address to Parliament on March 20th, 2012.
The publication of the booklet is supported with the kind sponsorship of DaVida’s and Lloyds Bed and Breakfast; the National Bank of Anguilla; Cap Juluca; MAICO; ViceRoy Anguilla; Lake’s World; the Anguilla Tourist Board and the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association; Heritage Collection Museum; Ivor and Carmen Rentals; The Anguillian Newspaper and Titanium Sounds.
Limited copies of the booklet are available at the Ministry of Home Affairs at a cost of EC$10.00 or US$4.00 per copy and will be more widely available from the General Post Office and the Inland Revenue Department next week. Copies will also be sold at the Diamond Jubilee Ceremony at the James Ronald Webster Park on Monday June 4th, 2012.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has expressed appreciation to the members of the Diamond Jubilee Committee as well as Max Printing and the Government’s IT Department for their invaluable efforts in bringing the project to fruition.
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