The annual Queen's Day public holiday features various activities to celebrate the Queen's birthday, held in February or March to enable a produce show to be held in the austral late Summer/Early Autumn.

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Queen's Day Tradition

The Tristan da Cunha community is proud of its British heritage.

Tristan homes commonly feature portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the annual Queen's Day public holiday is always a special event with a range of activities to celebrate the Queen's birthday.

The Tristan da Cunha Queen's Day is held in February or March to enable a produce show to be held in the austral late Summer / Early Autumn. It features a loyal toast to Her Majesty at the evening Reception.

Queen's Day 2021

Reports and photos from Rachel Green, Fiona Kilpatrick, Kelly Green and Emil Pirzenthal

Queen's Day was held on Friday the 26th February 2021. This is a public holiday where we celebrate the Queen's Birthday. Tristan's Queen's Day is held in February or March to enable a produce show to be held in the austral late Summer/Early Autumn.

The gong sounded early morning to ensure that everyone knew Queen's Day was to be celebrated. Although the morning started with showers of rain, everyone was very happy that the weather improved as the day went on. St Mary's School is normally where Queen's Day is held. Morning competitions are held in the school hall and sport events, which are held in the afternoon, take place on the 'American Fence' situated just below the school. At 11am all entries to the competitions had to be submitted and at 12pm the judging took place. Everyone gathered in front of the school at about 2pm to take part in or watch the sport activities.

The women's sack race.

The women's sack race.

Programme

06.30am Fishing Competition starts for adults and children age 5-16yrs - Fisheries
09.30-11.00am Competition exhibits/entries assembled at St Marys School:
- Best traditional fry Teddy Cakes - Telecommunications. (Judges: Clinton & Emil)
- Best Bacon & Egg Pies - Factory. (Judges: Fiona & Helene)
- Art competition - School. (Judges: Sally & Vincent)
- Vegetables/pot plants/wild flowers - Agriculture. (Judges: Kumi, Roxanne, Sally & Steve)
- Best Raw Potato Sculpture - Police. (Judges: Richard & Omar)
- Best Fry Octopus - PWD General. (Judges: Steve & Jessica)
- Best Portrait of a Northern Rockhopper Penguin - Conservation. (Judges: Dr Silvia & Steve)
- Best Fry Tristan Crisp (pensioners & non pensioners) - Mechanical. (Judges: Fiona & Kate)
12.00 Judging to take place.
1.00pm Onwards Events held on the American Fence:
- Adults Sack Race - Tourism and Post Office Dept.
- Wheel Chair Race - Hospital Dept.
- Fishing Stall for Children - Finance Dept.
- Guess the number of sweets in the Jar - Island Store
- Best Paper Air Plane - (CTBTO)
2.00pm Variety of Children's Games - School
2.00-4.00pm Bar open at School
3.00pm Football Rounders - Electrical and Plumbing
5.00-6.00pm Administrator and Mr Towsend's reception, raffle and presentation of prizes at the Residency.

Everyone enjoyed the events that took place and later went to the Residency for prize giving, refreshments and to raise a toast to HM Queen Elizabeth. It was a fun filled day and enjoyed by everyone.

Food

Co-Administrator Fiona Kilpatrick and Kate Sherry judging the home made crisps

Co-Administrator Fiona Kilpatrick and Kate Sherry judging the home made crisps

Judging the Teddy Cakes

Emil Pirzenthal judging the Teddy Cakes

Food Winners

Fry Teddy Cakes
  1st - Debbie Swain
  2nd - Nora Swain
Bacon and Egg Pie
  1st - Amanda Swain
  2nd - Elizabeth Rogers
Fry Octopus
  1st - Randall Repetto
  2nd - Anita Repetto
Tristan crisps (pensioners)
  1st - Agnes Lavarello
  2nd - Audrey Green
Tristan Crisp (non-pensioners)
  1st - Anita Repetto
  2nd - Maria Swain

Fiona Kilpatrick adds: "We take judging the produce seriously on Queen's Day. I personally tasted 17 different types of Tristan Crisps. It's a tough job...The winning potato sculpture celebrated our Northern Rockhopper Penguins."

Art

The winning potato sculpture of a Northern Rockhopper Penguin A potato sculpture
Above and below: Potato sculptures, including the winning Northern Rockhopper Penguin (top left)
Potato sculpture Potato sculpture

Miniature garden

Above and below: Miniature garden wild flower arrangements

Wild flower arrangements

Art Winners

Rockhopper Penguin (adult)
  1st - Randal Repetto
  2nd - Leanne Swain
Rockhopper Penguin (child)
  1st - Aiden Repetto
  2nd - Ella Repetto
Wild Flowers Arrangements
  Children (7-16yrs)
    1st - Katie Repetto
    2nd - Kailey Swain
  Children (3-6yrs)
    1st - Hannah Green
    2nd - Sophie Swain
Potato Sculpture
  1st - Kelly Swain
  2nd - Amanda Swain
Best drawing of a Rockhopper Penguin - Children Best drawing of a Rockhopper Penguin - Adults
Best drawing of a Rockhopper Penguin - Children Best Rockhopper Penguin - Adults

Vegetables Produce

Vegetables in the produce show

Vegetables at the produce show in the school hall

Pot Plants

Pot Plant Competition

Co-Administrator Steve Townsend weighing entries for heaviest potato

Co-Administrator Steve Townsend weighing entries for heaviest potato

Produce Winners

Best Cabbage
  1st - Joseph Green
  2nd - Hannah Green
Best Turnip or Swede
  1st - Clive Glass
  2nd - Savanna Green
Best 3 Tomatoes
  1st - Cliff Swain
  2nd - Ella Repetto
Best Pot Plant
  1st - Tasha Glass
  2nd - Miranda Repetto
Heaviest White Blossom
  1st - Debbie Swain
  2nd - Clive Glass
Heaviest Smooth Skin
  1st - Dean Repetto
  2nd - Katie Repetto

Races and Competitions

Lined up for the Potato and Spoon Race Potato and spoon race - Tristan's take on the egg and spoon race
Potato and spoon race - Tristan's take on the egg and spoon race

Competitors lined up for the wheelchair race in the school's games court

Competitors lined up for the wheelchair race in the school's games court

Wheelchair race underway

Wheelchair race underway. There is a video of the race on Facebook.

Race and Competition Winners

Fishing
  Adults
    1st - Clifton Repetto (Cape Mackerel 116cm)
    2nd - Philip Rogers (Cape Mackerel 112.5cm)
Fishing
  Children
    1st - Calvin Green (48cm Five-Fingers)
    2nd - Savanna Green (47cm Five-Fingers)
Sack Race
  Men
    1st - Dean Repetto
    2nd - Shane Green
  Women
    1st - Rhyanna Swain
    2nd - Lynette Green
Wheelchair Race
  Adult
    1st - Shane & Savanna
    2nd - Philip & Lucas
Guess Sweets in the Bottle
    1st - Christopher Swain
    2nd - Randall Repetto
Lucky dip at the school Administrators presenting prizes
Lucky dip at the school Administrators presenting prizes