The Renewal Day Medal 2021
The Renewal Day Medal is an award conferred by Lord Watitune every 30th March to mark the the Isles’ Renewal Day, when the micronation’s claim to the former Royal Company’s Islands were officially established de facto by the International Hydrographic Organisation. You can see more on this in the History of the New Weddington Isles. Last year's recipient was Prince Frei von Fräähsen zu Lorenzburg of the Principality of Lorenzburg (see right).
As well as other activities, the awarding of the medal is an annual event, going to a micronation, entity or individual who has shown particular support of the Isles, and has demonstrated an alignment in the wider micronational community. 2021 was our inaugural awarding of this honour.
The medal comes with Letters of Safe Conduct of a lifetime duration; and the holder is eligible to style themselves as recipient of the New Weddington Renewal Day Medal among their honorifics.
We would like to reaffirm our congratulations to Prince Frei on last year's honour and look forward to many more years of mutual interaction in the future.
The Renewal Day medal is a specially commissioned by Lady Katherine Revill, a reknowned steampunk designer and official designer to the New Weddington Isles.
The Renewal Day Medal 2021 is highly symbolic – the ribbon bears the green and blue of the New Weddington Isles, representing the green history of Old Weddington and the blue of its new ocean setting. the cogs represent industry and rebuilding, whilst the sea creature again refers to the ocean setting of New Weddington.
The Medal bears the Isles' Official National Animal - the seven-arm octopus (Haliphron atlanticus). Whilst this may look like a mythical creature it is an actual species - native to the oceans around the area of the New Weddington Isles. It represents the Isles' sea setting along with its uniqueness and its commitment to diversity in all of its forms.
A word from H.S.H. Prince Frei of Lorenzburg, on the occasion of the 2022 Renewal Day of the New Weddington Isles
Today I celebrate the Renewal Day of The New Weddington Isles. Last year I was honored with a beautiful medal, silk tie and all sorts of memorabilia from our dear friend Lord Watitune who is also known as Baron von Enevann in my own realm of Lorenzburg.
Long live the New Weddington Isles - I'm sure they will continue to amaze us with their creativity during the years to come!
With fond regards,
H.S.H. Prince Frei of Lorenzburg
The recipient of the 2021 Renewal Day Medal was His Serene Highness, Prince FREJ VON FRÄÄHSEN ZU LORENZBURG of the Principality of Lorenzburg. As he said at the time:
"I am Freï von Fräähsen zu Lorenzburg. Originally I trained as a choreographer and performance artist, but I woke one morning thinking it was time to try something else in life. I have always loved working with people so it was an easy choice to become a Prince. However, it’s not the Prince’s job to boss people around. Instead I, as Prince of Lorenzburg, aim to be a sparkling and affirming camp fire that signals: “Come, sit here for a while. Come, share your own story”.
"Man cannot live by bread alone!
"It is my firm belief that people need myth and meaning in order to live fully. We also need freedom, companionship, pleasure, drive and opportunities to self-expression. Bread may satisfy the stomach but the hunger for life, how can it be fed? I myself was brought up on a nutritious diet of hearty food, live roleplaying, fantasy books and the proximity to nature. For me, growing up in Lorenzburg was a magical experience. I have love for the place, and that love is an inner compass needle which points towards Lorenzburg even when I travel around the world. Lorenzburg may be disguised temporary as a seemingly mundane residential area in the city of Karlstad, but I see deeper than that. I can see the magic just underneath the surface. I can feel the presence of a magical realm that slumbers in the midst of everyday life. My task, as the Prince, is to invite you to contribute your very person, your unique magic and your story. That is how we collaborate to transform the city section Lorensberg into the enchanted Lorenzburg!"
The Prince is true to his word, and has been a long time friend - and sometimes - mentor - to the New Weddington Isles since its inception.
"The New Weddington Isles wholeheartedly endorse this initiative and look forward to many more fruitful years of our new illustrious nations working together in our common goals". Lord Watitune.
Click on image below for the Principality of Lorenzburg website