Friday, December 23, 2005


The premier of Bermuda, W. Alexander Scott, became the fourth world leader to honor my request and the first one to personally inscribe my name onto the photograph. The inscription reads: "best wishes Joel from the Premier of Bermuda W. Alex Scott."

Interestingly, printed on the envelope are the words "On Her Majesty's Service." I wonder what that means.

As it turns out Bermuda is actually a possession of the United Kingdom. You would never know that from this correspondence as there is no mention of the UK on the envelope or its contents.


Blogger Dan said...

Bermuda is a self-governing overseas territory of the UK, which is a more precise category than just "possession". It has its own legislature, for instance, rather than representation in the London Parliament. It does not have its own foreign policy or military.

The premier is certainly a world leader, even if the status is similar to Puerto Rico.

"On Her Majesty's Service" recognizes that the government acts in the place of the Head of State, who is Queen Elizabeth II.

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