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Bicentenary travels plans cancelled to St Helena.

Posted by pfsadm on May 5, 2021

No travel to St Helena for the Bicentenary of the death of Napoleon.

Visitors from all over the world were planning to make their way to St Helena to view the place where  Napoleon spent his last days. travel plans made by many who wanted to travel to St Helena to celebrate the Bicentenary of the death of Napoleon unfortunately never made it due to global COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Over the last few years chartered air travel was been planned, cruise companies were planning bicentenary special voyages including a maiden voyage to St Helena for this special occasion, a working group on St Helena was also formed to ensure that everything was in place to welcome visitors but unfortunately that was never to be.

Today on St Helena we mark the death of Napoleon who died two hundred years ago.

Napoleon passed away on this day May 5th at 17.49 in 1821.

The following events will take place on St Helena. 

  • On the 5th of May: In the morning  wreaths will be laid on the Emperor’s tomb from flowers collected on the Island
  • From *5pm GMT: a ceremony in Longwood House Gardens including at 5.49pm GMT, a minute’s silence at the moment of Napoleon’s death 200 years ago. 
  • A vigil in the gardens of Longwood House
  • 6 May 2021 from 9am GMT: Commemorative mass at Longwood House, recalling Napoleon’s lying-in-state 200 years ago in the makeshift Chapel of Rest at Longwood. 
  • 9 May 2021 from 3pm* GMT: Ceremony at the Tomb at the moment Napoleon’s body was buried 200 years ago, with music and readings.

The following events will take place in France.

  • On the 5th of may at 9am, Laying of wreaths at the Emperor’s tomb by a representative of the Souvenir Napoléonien.
  • 10.30am, Laying of wreaths at the tomb by the Prince Napoléon, representatives of the Foundation Napoléon.
  • At 11am, Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Louis des Invalides, to the honour of the Emperor Napoleon I and the soldiers who died for France.
  • Around 6pm, Laying of wreaths at the Tomb by the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron accompanied by the Prince Napoléon.
  • 4 PM At the Institut de France the French president will speak beneath the dome of the historical institute

You can view this video here about.

Napoleon in exile on St Helena.

How was he buried?

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