His Excellency the Governor Nigel Philips CBE has extended his post for a further year until September 2022.
Mr Philips was appointed as Governor of the Falkland Islands and Her Majesty’s Commissioner for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in September 2017. Speaking of his post extension he said: “To have the opportunity to serve Her Majesty The Queen and the people of the Falkland Islands is a privilege; I am grateful that I am able to do so for a little longer. I hope all who know us are aware that Emma and I consider the Islands to be our home and truly enjoy living here. I sincerely hope this notification is considered welcome news.”
At a reception hosted by Government House for newcomers on Tuesday evening, Mr Philips spoke of the Falkland Islands being “a really special place”.
In a speech to attendees he continued, “I think it’s the most special place I’ve ever been. I have extended again and will be here for five years with Emma and the reason we’ll be here for five years is because we love it.”
Mr Philips encouraged his guests to take time to travel as much as they can to make memories that “will ensure the Falklands Islands remain a dear part in your lives.”
Being conscious that the Falklands is one of the few places in the world free of Covid-19 His Excellency spoke of his gratitude of being able to host events: “To be stood in this proximity and not have a care or a fear of what Covid can bring is something that is very, very special. I want to say thank you to all those that mean we are able to do this tonight. I don’t think any of us take this for granted.”