S.Atlantic : FALKLAND ISLANDS QUEEN’S CERTIFICATE AND BADGE OF HONOUR
Submitted by SARTMA.com (Nathan Prince) 11.02.2010 (Article Archived on 11.03.2010)
As already announced following January’s Executive Council Meeting, Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to agree that the Queen’s Certificate and accompanying Badge of Honour may be awarded in the Falkland Islands.
FALKLAND ISLANDS QUEEN’S CERTIFICATE AND BADGE OF HONOUR
As already announced following January’s Executive Council Meeting, Her Majesty The Queen has been pleased to agree that the Queen’s Certificate and accompanying Badge of Honour may be awarded in the Falkland Islands. The purpose of such awards is to allow the Falkland Islands Government to recognise persons having connections with the Falkland Islands who have, by their loyalty and meritorious conduct, provided services of exceptional benefit to the people of the Falkland Islands.
The Queen’s Certificate and its accompanying Badge of Honour will be awarded by HE the Governor acting on the advice of Executive Council. It will usually be awarded annually on Falkland Day (14 August) which commemorates the first recorded sighting of the Falkland Islands in 1592. The number of recipients will normally be restricted to three a year. The names of Queen’s Certificate recipients will be published in the Official Gazette.
The Queen’s Certificate bears Her Majesty’s portrait with the Union and Falkland Islands flags in the background. There will be space for the name of the recipient and a brief account of the services recognised by the award which will be signed by HE the Governor. The Queen’s Certificate carries with it the right to wear a Badge to be worn on the breast on official occasions when full-sized medals are worn. The Badge is of silver gilt bearing Her Majesty the Queen's head on the obverse and the Falkland Islands coat of arms on the reverse. It will look very much like a larger version of the present Falklands £1 coin. The Badge ribbon is of yellow woven material. Miniatures of the Badge will also be provided and may be worn when miniatures are worn.
It will be open for anybody to nominate a person for the Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour. Nomination forms are available on request from Gilbert House. Nominations should be submitted by 15 June to the Clerk to Executive Council at Gilbert House to allow time for consideration in time for award on Falkland Day.
The Honour is already awarded in other Overseas Territories such as Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar and Montserrat. The award of the Queen’s Certificate and Badge of Honour does not replace but is additional to the award of other Honours, such as the OBE and MBE, which for the Diplomatic and Overseas List are awarded by HM The Queen on the recommendation of the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary.
Government House, Stanley, 9 February 2010