Details will be revealed soon, so watch this space!!
We received a wonderful surprise in the post today: an Official Sealand flag from Prince Michael. We will bear this with pride on an upcoming joint (ad)venture between the Principality of Sealand and the New Weddington Isles.
Details will be revealed soon, so watch this space!!
To mark International Heraldry Day on June 10th, we are delighted to accept an honorary title and letters patent from close ally The Grand Principality of Lorenzburg.
In accepting this gesture Lord Watitune takes on the rights to use the honorific of Baron Etrangere, John Brookes von Enevann of the New Weddington Isles.
Lord Watitune said of the award: "I am proud to accept this on behalf of the New Weddington Isles and shall bear the rank with pride. The heraldry is magnificent and highly appropriate, especially the rampant bear on sinister - the symbol of our historic manor of Warwickshire back in the UK. We consider the Principality of Lorenzburg to be an exemplar of true micronationalism - realistic yet creative, tolerant, open yet defined, and practically active whilst being so much more than a facebook page and a flag!
"HSH Prince Frei in particular has been an exemplar and an inspiration in our first year of micronational status - thus the awarding to him of our Renewal Day medal - and we look forward to forging even closer ties with the Principality to the benefit of our respective nations and micro nationalism in general. With immense gratitude, Baron Etrangere, Lordship John Brookes von Enevann of the New Weddington Isles."
His Serene Highness Prince Frei added: "On this the tenth day of June, the international heraldry day, it gives me great satisfaction to announce that our very dear friend John Watitune - Lordship of the New Weddington Isles - has been raised to the rank of honorary Baron (étrangére) in the Most Serene Principality of Lorenzburg.
"The inescutcheon is a canting arms - a wordplay on "Watitune" which in Swedish could be rendered (with a lot of imagination) into a combination of water and juniper tree, here in the name "Enevann".
"Vivat the new baron - prosit tibi!"
Click here for full Letters Patent Document
Click here for full description of Blazon coat of arms
We are delighted to announce the acquisition of a King John silver penny, minted 1205-1216, for the New Weddington Artefacts Collection.
Whilst best known for signing the Magna Carta in 1215 - a famous document granting greater rights to the people of England and the closest the UK has to an official Constitution - King John is relevant to the Old Weddington area as historic records show the Castle there was built on the site of one of King John's Royal Hunting Lodges.
New Weddington Isles hint at joint venture with the Principality of Sealand - "more to be revealed soon."
The AFL league that the New Weddington Warriors Aussie Rules team compete in is on a scheduled hiatus for the next three weeks. We will be using this time to bring in new players for when league resumes.
We are also organising an exciting new project which will be carried out as a joint venture between the Principality of Sealand and the New Weddington Isles' Expeditionary Team.
We wish to extend our gratitude to Prince Michael and the government of Sealand for their direct support in this venture. Details under wraps for now but will be revealed soon!
Further to previous updates on the New Weddington Space Program, we have two developments to announce. The main goal of the program was to search the area in the general co-ordinates logged in historic sightings of the Royal Company's Islands, unclaimed territories in the Indian Ocean currently listed as 'phantom isles' and now claimed as The New Weddington Isles.
For this we have been accessing several existing commercial satellites - via a link up to the New Weddington Isles' Prime Consul in exile in Canberra - that track over the area from latitude 51°75′S 143°04′E to 51°02′S 144°13′E.
As the area is prone to cloud cover this project went back to 2003 in a bid to gain a tantalising glimpse of the Isles we claim. The key provider of this data is NASA's Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) which provides the capability to interactively browse over 900 global, full-resolution satellite imagery layers and then download the underlying data.
We have logged several times periods with gaps in cloud cover and, whilst it still covers some of the area, are now at a stage where the co-ordinates have been triangulated with weather breaks and are delighted to release the initial, enhanced, imagery of the Isles.
We are in the process of cross matching time taken / latitude /longitude of the existing EOSDIS satellite image to image from the Harmonized Landsat Sentinel-2 which has just come online with 8 times higher spatial resolution. We are also still searching for more images in cloud breaks using this new facility. Time consuming but laborious; and we will post a full gallery on our website soon.
In recognition that ‘Space Program’ is slightly misleading as it is using existing satellites to explore the Earth’s surface; we are renaming this Department “The New Weddington Expeditionary Program”. This will also cover some exciting land-based exploration projects of which more soon. Meantime here is the first image of the Isles!
The Classic 100 is Australia’s favourite classical music event. Every year for the past two decades, the Aussie Broadcasting Corporation has asked music lovers to nominate their favourite pieces in a particular category, counting down the results in a must-listen weekend.
2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the Classic 100, so they’re opening the voting up to the full breadth of classical music. We are delighted to announce that The New Weddington Isles' adopted Official National Anthem - a composition entitled “Lux Aeterna” (translation “Eternal Light”) by composer Clint Mansell, performed by the Kronos Quartet, has made the top 100 playlist!
As well as being played for the Classic 100 Countdown on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June 2021 on ABC Classic and via the ABC listen app; listeners can vote for their favourite overall composition. We have duly cast our vote online for Lux Aeterna.
You can download the anthem on our website by clicking on the image below:
New Weddington's State Collection of Artefacts is delighted to have obtained an original visiting card (carte de visite) of Mr Henry Cunliffe Shawe from the 1870s using the albumin print technique. Mr Shawe was one of the last Castle owners and Lords of the Manor in the original Weddington estate before the title lapsed.
Each photograph was the size of a visiting card (6.5 x 10.5cm), and such photograph cards were commonly traded among friends and visitors in the 1860/70s. Albums for the collection and display of cards became a common fixture in Victorian parlours.
Did you know that today 12th May is INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY? Whilst the incredible work of Nurses around the world has recently been seen in their service during the Covid-19 pandemic, they have a long standing history of selflessness going back centuries.
New Weddington has a special place in its heart for Nurses, and indeed during World War 1 the original Manor and Castle in England were converted to a Red Cross Hospital for wounded servicemen. The Nurses' Commandant Margaret Maitland OBE is featured on our 50 Groat note. Read more here: http://www.weddingtoncastle.co.uk/weddington-red-cross...
We encourage our fellow micronations to take some time today to pause and give thanks for Nurses around the globe - these are our true heroes
Further to previous posts the Long March-5b vehicle re-entered the atmosphere at 10:24 Beijing time (02:24 GMT) on Sunday, state media reported, citing the Chinese Manned Space Engineering office. There were no reports of injuries or damage. It said debris from the 18-tonne rocket, one of the largest items in decades to have an undirected dive into the atmosphere, landed in the Indian Ocean at a point 72.47° East and 2.65° North.
There was initial concern over satellite tracking that suggested re-entry could occur over Canberra, Australia where the New Weddington Isles Prime Consul is located - or even in the section of the South Indian Ocean where the New Weddington Isles themselves lie.
The New Weddington Space Program, which tracks key satellites said of the event: "Whilst we are pleased that there appears to be no injuries or land-based damage in this instance, we have growing concern over the volume of controlled and uncontrolled space debris returning to Earth. space-faring nations tend to arrange returns to land within the Ocean to minimise risk; but this is little comfort to those small macro- and micronations that exist within these zones - as the current proximity of Long-March-5's landing to the Maldives demonstrates.
"This is not just a concern for the citizens of nations in this area; it is also further increasing other instances of pollution and environmental damage to the planet in which we all reside. As and when micronations move towards some form of physical space activity in the future (e.g. use of near-space weather balloons, investment in private ventures) we urge a cautious and responsible approach."
The fledgling New Weddington Space Program - set up to scan NASA’s EOSDIS satellite images to pinpoint the elusive Royal Company’s Isles (now claimed as the New Weddington Isles) in the South Pacific Ocean, will temporarily change focus for the next 24 hours.
We will be keeping a close eye on the uncontrolled re-entry debris from a Chinese rocket that is expected to fall back to Earth in an uncontrolled re-entry this weekend using Aerospace Corporation and Space-track satellite modelling. The main segment from the Long March-5b vehicle was used to launch the first module of China's new space station last month.
At 18 tonnes it is one of the largest items in decades to have an undirected dive into the atmosphere. Various space debris modelling experts are pointing to late Saturday or early Sunday (GMT) as the likely moment of re-entry. However, such projections are always highly uncertain.
Usually, debris would be over an ocean - potentially in the furthest place from land in the South Pacific, between Australia, New Zealand and South America. Whilst the area that the Isles themselves is outside the predicted land zone; the Primary consul in-exile is based in Canberra, Australia, which is within the current potential land site.
The image below shows the possible crash sites along the yellow and blue lines. Current predictions show it occurring in the Pacific. Further updates will be posted.