The New Zealand Report 17/18

MR PHILLIP O’SHEA

Membership: Obituaries Ms Keith Jennifer-Mary Holyoake, a Life Descendant, died at Wellington on 9 January 2018, aged seventy-one. She was the youngest of the five children of the late Rt Hon. Sir Keith Holyoake, KG, GCMG, CH, QSO (1904-1983), who was Prime Minister in 1957, and from 1960 to 1972, and Governor-General of New Zealand from 1977 to 1980, and the late Dame Norma Holyoake, DCMG, QSO (1909-1984).

The New Zealand Roll now totals 35:

News and Activities The wedding on 19 May of the now Duke and Duchess of Sussex in St George’s Chapel was widely covered by the New Zealand media. The reports certainly highlighted the rich history and beauty of the Chapel. To mark the occasion, New Zealand Post issued sets of commemorative postage stamps for New Zealand and on behalf of Niue and Tokelau. The six New Zealand stamps, available only as a miniature sheet, included an image of Their Royal Highnesses leaving the Chapel after the ceremony. In addition, on behalf of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, a commemorative silver dollar coin was issued.

Mrs Jenny Officer, a Life Descendant, during a visit to England, attended the Garter Service in St George’s Chapel on 18 June 2018. On Saturday 7 July she joined the Friends and Descendants at the annual Garden Party in the grounds of St George’s School, on what she has described as a glorious day.

29 May was the 65th anniversary of the ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund, later Sir Edmund, Hillary, KG, ONZ, KBE (1919-2008), and Tenzing Norgay, GM, on 29 May 1953. This event will remind many of the 65th anniversary of the Coronation of Her Majesty The Queen at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

Congratulations to HRH The Duke of Cambridge, KG, our Vice-President, and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of Prince Louis of Cambridge on 23 April 2018. The official New Zealand gift to Prince Louis is a woollen blanket by the Wellington weaver Christine Brimer. It was woven from wool from corriedale sheep and bears a manuka flower pattern. Manuka is a nursery plant and helps other indigenous plants.

I warmly thank Colonel David Steele and Annette Parsons of the Secretariat for their friendly ongoing support for the New Zealand membership.

Historical note 27 April 2018 was the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George by the Prince Regent, later King George IV (reigned 1820-1830), on behalf of his father King George III (reigned 1760-1820). On the two Breast Stars of the Order, within a circlet bearing the motto of the Order auspicium melioris aevi (Token of a better age), there is an image of the Archangel Michael holding ‘a Flaming Sword and trampling upon Satan’. St Michael is regarded as the first knight. He also appears on one side of the Badge, and on the other there is a representation of ‘St George on Horseback and in Armour, with a Spear, encountering a Dragon’, similar to that depicted on the Lesser George (riband or sash Badge) and the Great George (Collar Badge) of the Order of the Garter. The two Breast Stars, like the Garter Star, also feature the red cross of St George. The Order’s style provides a link to St George, the Patron of both England and the Order of the Garter. Initially this Order was for citizens of the Ionian Islands and Malta, and for British personnel serving in the Mediterranean. In 1868, 150 years ago, the application of the Order was extended to include personnel in all British territories, later the Empire and Commonwealth. Between 1870 and 1995 the three classes in the Order (I GCMG, II KCMG & DCMG, and III CMG) were regularly conferred on New Zealanders, including women after 1965. The first woman appointed was Queen Sālote Tupou III of Tonga (1900-1965), who became an Honorary GCMG a month before her death. The present Grand Master of the Order, HRH The Duke of Kent, KG, GCMG, GCVO, was appointed in 1967.

Quotes from the Statutes of the Order, 1966.

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The Queen's Free Chapel. The Chapel of the Most Honourable and Noble Order of the Garter. The Chapel of the College of St George.