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Waitangi Day in the Navy!


Hi there! It was Waitangi Day yesterday here in New Zealand, a national holiday that holds a lot of significance for many people. It’s a big weekend for the navy, and I was fortunate to be able to take a team of 120 three hours north of Auckland early on Sunday morning, for two days of pomp and ceremony.

Here’s a picture of  the Governor-General (the Queen of England’s representative here in NZ) as he inspects the 100-man guard on Sunday. I was the Guard Commander, which is why I’m walking around with him.

And here’s me yelling a command at the guard. (Scarey, eh?)

We had two more ceremonies on Monday, including a 21-gun salute at midday and a ceremonial sunset in the afternoon. Lots of fun, and a great experience – but it sure is good to be home. xoxox

7 Comments leave one →
  1. 07/02/2012 21:59

    And … to think this tough defence force lady … like to make cards, too!!! 😉 Congrats on the opportunity … I bet it was a thrill! Hugs xxx

  2. 07/02/2012 22:44

    Thanks for sharing those memorable pics Bron.

  3. 08/02/2012 10:13

    So interesting, thanks for sharing Bron. Your boys must be so proud of their mum.

  4. Steph permalink
    09/02/2012 08:37

    Great pictures Bron. No wonder your voice is a little worse for wear!

  5. 17/02/2012 16:30

    Fantastic pics! You all look quite impressive!

  6. 17/02/2012 21:00

    Great piccies Bron! Hope you get at least one day off in lieu, of your busy weekend 🙂

  7. 23/02/2012 10:43

    Saw your piccie in the new mini catty! Just wanted to say … HOW COOL! Hugs xxx

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