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Tuesday, Oct 19, 2021

UK Parliament celebrates Virgin Islands Day

UK Parliament celebrates Virgin Islands Day

In keeping with a desire by the Speaker of the United Kingdom (UK) House of Commons to foster a relationship with the Overseas Territories (OTs), the Virgin Islands flag flew at the main entrance to the UK Parliament to commemorate Virgin Islands Day on July 5, 2021.

In April of 2021, the Speaker of the UK House of Commons Sir Lindsay H. Hoyle expressed an interest in fostering and developing relationships with all Overseas Territories and Representatives, and as a result, three national holidays, including Virgin Islands Day were celebrated by the UK Parliament.

According to a press release from Government Information Services (GIS), as it was agreed upon, the Speaker of the House of Commons raised the Virgin Islands flag at the main entrance to Parliament in New Palace Yard. The Virgin Islands flag was presented to the Speaker of the House of Commons by the Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock on behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands. The Virgin Islands was represented by Acting UK Representative Ms Tracy Bradshaw of the London Office.

Speaker of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly Honourable Julian Willock has said the celebrating of Virgin Islands Day by the UK Parliament is a step in the right direction as efforts are made to continue to foster relationships between the House of Assembly and the UK House of Commons.


'A step in the right direction'- Speaker Willock


Ms Bradshaw said she was "very proud" to see her nation’s flag flying in New Palace Yard to mark ‘Virgin Islands Day’.

Honourable Willock said, “As we continue to foster relationships between the House of Assembly and the UK House of Commons this is a step in the right direction in strengthening our partnership based on mutual respect for each other's institutions.”

"I look forward to taking up the invitation in 2022 to visit London to raise the flag in person," Honourable Willock further stated.

According to Speaker Sir Hoyle’s Twitter page he is quoted as saying, “It was an honour to meet representatives from the Isle of Man, the British Virgin Islands and the Cayman Islands and be presented with their flags. They flew outside Parliament yesterday to mark Tynwald Day, Virgin Islands Day and Constitution Day.”

The Virgin Islands flag was raised on the first observation of Virgin Islands Day, recently known as Territory Day.

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