Stanley became one of the world's smallest cities last week after it was granted the status to mark Queen's platinum jubilee, with an official population of just 2,458, with an official population of just 2,458.
The residents of the Falkland Islands say that its celebrations promise to be anything but micro.
The islands government said it would be partying with the penguins after the news, and that the South Atlantic archipelago was over the moon. Nicholas Roberts, a seventh-generation Falkland Islander and deputy editor of Stanley-based Penguin News, told the Observer that the mood in the new city was buoyant. He said that there was a lot of excitement about it, and that some had taken Friday afternoon off work to prepare for the celebrations.
He said it would boost the mood at the planned annual May ball, which he described as a mixture between a prom and a cilidh and all the platinum jubilee celebrations. Everyone is in high spirits. I'm sure that will bleed into the nightlife and celebrations going on in Stanley at the moment. However, he said it was unfortunate timing that the landmark announcement s embargo meant that they were unable to include it in Friday's paper. But he said the weekly publication, the only newspaper produced in the Falkland Islands, would wait to cover it next week.
Born and raised in Stanley, he said life in Stanley is brilliant and that the new city is booming at the moment with new businesses and a growing population. Dolphins play in the harbour and there is a colony of penguins nearby. Stanley has grown over the last 40 years. Traighana Smith, news editor of Falklands Radio, said everyone was absolutely delighted with the 40th anniversary of the Falklands war under way, she predicted that most people would hold off their celebrations until the platinum jubilee weekend.
Smith, who moved to Stanley from Scotland six years ago, said it was a bit bizarre calling it Stanley City. I am not sure how long it will take to take off. She stated that Stanley was an average small town, but it certainly has unique attributes, including sea lions, albatross, penguins, dolphins and penguins. She said there are not many cities in which you would be able to escape into the open countryside in just 30 seconds.