Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II paid an historic visit to the South pacific Island of Norfolk on Monday (13 February).
Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II paid an historic visit to the South pacific Island of Norfolk on Monday (13 February). The Queen, the first ruling monarch ever to visit Norfolk, was accompanied by members of the Royal Family.
Highly skilled island boatmen landed the Royal party on a surf-lashed jetty in Sydney Bay, as bad weather prevented the Royal yacht, Britannia, from approaching the wind-swept island.
1,600 islanders were at the jetty to greet the Royal party. Among them was the Australian minister responsible for the administration of the island, Mr. Bryant.
During their visit, the Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Anne, Captain Mark Phillips and Earl Mountbatten talked in the grounds of Government House with the oldest representatives of families bearing the famous Bounty names such as Christian, Adams, Quintal and Young.
In the famous 18th century mutiny, the crew of the British warship Bounty set their skipper, Captain William Bligh, adrift in a small boat and found refuge on remote Pitcairn Island, where many of their descendants still live today. Some of the descendants were transferred to Norfolk during Queen Victoria's reign.
Highlight of the Royal visit was picnic. The Royal guests sat down to a tropical lunch of suckling pig, chickens, melons, custard apples and passion fruit.
The Queen will visit the New Hebrides, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Australia before returning to Britain for the forthcoming general elections.