The British High Commissioner, Nicolette Brent, hosted a reception on May 18th to mark the coronation of Britain’s King Charles III and Queen Camilla. The event was attended by the President, Nikenike Vurobaravu.
“The coronation marks a historic moment not only for the United Kingdom but for the world at large. The monarchy is an institution that has endured for centuries, and it is a testament to its strength and resilience, even in this modern era. We are witnessing the dawn of a new era with the coronation of King Charles, and it is a moment that will be remembered for generations to come,” said the Head of State.
“As a nation that values democracy and the rule of law, Vanuatu has always admired the United Kingdom’s commitment to these principles. We have always admired the British people’s steadfastness, resilience, and ability to lead in times of crisis.
“We have no doubt that King Charles will continue this tradition of leadership and service to his people and the world.
“We also commend King Charles for his dedication to the environment and his tireless efforts to raise awareness of the threats that our planet faces. As a Pacific nation, we are acutely aware of the devastating effects of climate change, and we believe that the Monarchy will be a valuable ally in the fight against this global challenge…”
High Commissioner Brent said: “King Charles III become the king immediately upon the passing of his beloved mother Queen Elizabeth II on the 8th of September 2022.
The King has also succeeded Her late Majesty as the head of the Commonwealth. We want to see a Commonwealth that delivers greater benefits for all member states particularly on trade and investment, climate and environment, and human rights and democracy.
The Commonwealth is an expanding alliance united behind the values of democracy, human rights, and sovereignty.
“I have heard His Majesty speak about all he has learned from the extraordinary people he has met throughout the Commonwealth over so many years and that includes Vanuatu.
“His Majesty has shown a clear interest in Vanuatu’s culture. During his majesty’s visit to Vanuatu in 2018, he was honored to be given the chiefly title of Mal Menaringmanu.
“His Majesty has been an active campaigner for environmental protection and conservation, including climate change and oceans, for more than five decades…”
A highlight of the event was a performance by British Army bagpiper, Rifleman Milan Darlami of the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, who traveled to Vanuatu for the event, having just played at the Coronation ceremony itself in London. Rifleman Darlami also performed at the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II last year.
From Buckingham Palace, the king had a message from the Commonwealth nations celebrating his coronation:
“As my wife and I mark this very special moment, we want to thank all of you in the Commonwealth and throughout the world, for your good wishes.
“We have been hugely inspired by the spirit on display at Coronation celebrations, and are deeply touched by the many similar events taking place across the globe. We want to express our warmest gratitude to all our friends for your kindness as we embark on this new chapter with you…”
Separately, on the island of Tanna, hundreds of people from the Prince Philip Kastom movement in Yaohanan Village gathered at their meeting ground to celebrate the Coronation on May 6. Deputy British High Commissioner Mike Watters joined the celebration, presenting a gift of a portrait of the King.
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