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Governor of St Helena, Lisa Phillips: Inauguration Ceremony in Pictures

Governor Phillips and VIPs on stage stand for the end of ceremony march past of the uniformed groups, led by the Scout band. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Governor Phillips and VIPs on stage stand for the end of ceremony march past of the uniformed groups, led by the Scout band.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

A BIG TURNOUT TO WELCOME LISA PHILLIPS | Darrin Henry

St Helena’s new Governor, Lisa Phillips, stepped ashore at 8.06am this morning, Monday 25 April, 2016, met on the wharf by the Chief Secretary, Sean Burns and Mrs Marina Burns and also the island’s elected councillors and other government officials.

Video, Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips

In this historic period for the island where so many significant milestones are being recorded, mainly surrounding the brand new St Helena airport and the start of air access, Ms Phillips is the first female governor of St Helena and also the last governor to arrive by sea.

Travelling with the Governor Designate was Mr Alex Cameron, Head of Southern Oceans Department, OTD, FCO.

Ms Phillips chose to walk from the steps, along the sea front to the Castle. She was then driven to her new residence, Plantation House.

At 2pm the traditional Inauguration Ceremony was held on the Courthouse Terrace with a large turnout of spectators and well wishers filling the Parade Square.

Uniformed contingents added vibrant colour to proceedings as they marched through Jamestown to the sounds of the Scout band.

We will let the pictures tell the story of the day. Here is a selection of images from the Inauguration Ceremony of Governor Lisa Phillips, the first female governor of St Helena.

Final organisation on the main stage before the start of the ceremony. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Final organisation on the main stage before the start of the ceremony.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

A large turnout filled the Parade Square in Jamestown, everyone keen to catch a glimpse of the new governor and to hear her speech. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

A large turnout filled the Parade Square in Jamestown, everyone keen to catch a glimpse of the new governor and to hear her speech.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency Governor Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Uniformed groups, including the St Helena Police, marched down Main Street to the tune of the Scout band. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Uniformed groups, including the St Helena Police, marched down Main Street to the tune of the Scout band.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency, Governor Phillips, Jamestown, St Helena.

Student and teacher representatives from each of the island's three primary schools and Prince Andrew Secondary School. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Student and teacher representatives from each of the island’s three primary schools and Prince Andrew Secondary School.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

The Island's new Sheriff, Mrs Ethel Yon, administers the Oaths of Office to the Governor Designate. Also on stage, Head of the Governor's Office (Acting Governor), Sean Burns and Chief Secretary, Roy Burke (far right). Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

The Island’s new Sheriff, Mrs Ethel Yon, administers the Oaths of Office to the Governor Designate. Also on stage, Head of the Governor’s Office (Acting Governor), Sean Burns and Chief Secretary, Roy Burke (far right).
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency, Governor Phillips, Jamestown, St Helena.

Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

In her Inauguration speech Governor Phillips outlined what she hoped to achieve during her time in office on St Helena. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

In her Inauguration speech Governor Phillips outlined what she hoped to achieve during her time in office on St Helena.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency, Governor Phillips, Jamestown, St Helena.

Mr Alex Cameron, Head of Southern Oceans Department, OTD, FCO, gave a speech at the Inauguration Ceremony.

Mr Alex Cameron, Head of Southern Oceans Department, OTD, FCO, gave a speech at the Inauguration Ceremony.

During the traditional inspection of the uniformed contingent Governor Phillips took time to say 'hello' to most of those in attendance - here meeting WPC Abby Kirk. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

During the traditional inspection of the uniformed contingent Governor Phillips took time to say ‘hello’ to most of those in attendance – here meeting WPC Abby Kirk.

A large turnout filled the Parade Square in Jamestown, everyone keen to catch a glimpse of the new governor and to hear her speech. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

A large turnout filled the Parade Square in Jamestown, everyone keen to catch a glimpse of the new governor and to hear her speech.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency, Governor Phillips, Jamestown, St Helena.

Meeting the island's Brownies on the Parade Square. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Meeting the island’s Brownies on the Parade Square.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency, Governor Phillips, Jamestown, St Helena.

Governor Phillips stopping to have a word with some of youngstersf in the Rainbows youth group. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Governor Phillips stopping to have a word with some of youngstersf in the Rainbows youth group.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Plenty of photographs taken of this traditional ceremony. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Plenty of photographs taken of this traditional ceremony.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Greeting members of the nursing team. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Greeting members of the nursing team.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Greeting members of the Jamestown Scout troop. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Greeting members of the Jamestown Scout troop.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Leading the prayers, Vicar General, Venerable Archdeacon of St Helena, Father Dale Bowers. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Leading the prayers, Vicar General, Venerable Archdeacon of St Helena, Father Dale Bowers.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Governor Lisa Phillips making her way into The Castle for the first time, accompanied by Head of the Governor's Office, Sean Burns. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Governor Lisa Phillips making her way into The Castle for the first time, accompanied by Head of the Governor’s Office, Sean Burns.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Final part of the inauguration proceedings, the traditional receiving line in the governor's office at the Castle, where the elected officials and a selection of island dignitaries and members of the public are introduced to the new governor. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Final part of the inauguration proceedings, the traditional receiving line in the governor’s office at the Castle, where the elected officials and a selection of island dignitaries and members of the public are introduced to the new governor.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Final part of the inauguration proceedings, the traditional receiving line in the governor's office at the Castle, where the elected officials and a selection of island dignitaries and members of the public are introduced to the new governor. Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips - Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Final part of the inauguration proceedings, the traditional receiving line in the governor’s office at the Castle, where the elected officials and a selection of island dignitaries and members of the public are introduced to the new governor.
Inauguration Ceremony of Her Excellency the Governor, Ms Lisa Phillips – Supreme Court Terrace, Jamestown, St Helena.

Governor Designate Arriving At St Helena by Sea

Earlier in the day - Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, stepping ashore at the Jamestown wharf at 8:06am and is the last governor to arrive on island by ship and the island's first female governor.

Earlier in the day – Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, stepping ashore at the Jamestown wharf at 8:06am and is the last governor to arrive on island by ship and the island’s first female governor.

Earlier in the day - Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, coming ashore in Jamestown observed by stevedores working on the wharf.

Earlier in the day – Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, coming ashore in Jamestown observed by stevedores working on the wharf.

Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, coming ashore in Jamestown and being met on the wharf by the island's elected members and other government officials. Seen here greeting Councillor Lawson Henry.

Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, coming ashore in Jamestown and being met on the wharf by the island’s elected members and other government officials. Seen here greeting Councillor Lawson Henry.

Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, walking with officials up from the wharf to the Castle.

Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, walking with officials up from the wharf to the Castle.

Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, walking with officials up from the wharf to the Castle, here chatting to Marina Burns, wife of Sean Burns (Head of Governor's Office) coming behind.

Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, walking with officials up from the wharf to the Castle, here chatting to Marina Burns, wife of Sean Burns (Head of Governor’s Office) coming behind.

Earlier in the day - Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, arriving for the first time at Plantation House, being met by Manager of the Governor's Office, Sandra Sim and staff at Plantation.

Earlier in the day – Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, arriving for the first time at Plantation House, being met by Manager of the Governor’s Office, Sandra Sim and staff at Plantation.

Earlier in the day - Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, being shown around her new residence, Plantation House, by the Aide de Camp, Debbie Stroud.

Earlier in the day – Her Excellency the Governor Designate, Ms Lisa Phillips, being shown around her new residence, Plantation House, by the Aide de Camp, Debbie Stroud.

COMMENTS

  • Karel van der Molen

    April 27, 2016

    Great photos! And wonderful to see some familiar faces ……

    • April 28, 2016

      Thanks Karel, good to hear from you again. Cheers 🙂

  • Alison

    April 27, 2016

    Brilliant as always Darrin! Good to see Linda in the photos too and am sure she’s speaking French you know. Liked PC Kirk’s one as was trying to get a good one but yours is much better.

    • April 28, 2016

      She might well have been speaking French! It was good fun. Yes, great smile from PC Kirk, got lucky, clicked at the right time. Thanks for the comment, cheers 🙂

  • Barbara

    April 26, 2016

    Thanks Darren, great pictures as always; you captured Halle Rose and the Governor, too
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    • April 28, 2016

      Thanks Barbara, got lucky with this one, the governor said ‘hello’ to all of the kids and I was just at the end of the line 🙂

  • Joe Hollins

    April 26, 2016

    Darrin, excellent portfolio. As I’m far away this makes me long for the island.

    • April 28, 2016

      You know you will always be welcome back on St Helena Joe! Thanks for your comment, stay in touch, eh! Cheers 🙂

  • Dottie Hosey Joshua

    April 26, 2016

    No disrespect to the governor, brilliant turn out but such a shame people couldn’t hear what was being said..

    • April 28, 2016

      Thanks for the comment Dottie. Cheers 🙂

  • Roger Bagley

    April 26, 2016

    Wonderful coverage Darrin. The smiles on faces show how much people want this to be a new beginning that brings great things for the island.

    • April 28, 2016

      There was a real air of optimism Roger, it was a super turnout as well. Thanks for the comment 🙂

  • Lawson Henry

    April 26, 2016

    Great pictures as always Darrin thanks for sharing

  • Steve Evans

    April 26, 2016

    Excellent photography! For those of us who were not there the pictures tell the story and make us feel as if we were. Thank you.

    • April 28, 2016

      That’s always the aim with photography at these type of events so it’s very nice to know it’s worked. Thanks for the feedback, Steve. 🙂

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