Falklands residents say they owe their freedom and their riches to Margaret Thatcher. Today they paused to reflect and to remember.
All three Armed Services are to play a role Baroness Thatcher's funeral with particular reference to the Falklands conflict.
Wide divisions within the Conservative Party over their response to Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands have been revealed.
Following the Falklands referendum results, a poll on the website of the South China Morning Post currently shows that 90% of those who voted believe that Hong Kong residents would vote for return to being British overseas territory, given the opportunity.
The result of a referendum on whether Falkland Islanders wish to remain British was no surprise, and neither was Argentina's decision to ignore it.
Almost everyone who was able to vote did so, and overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the Falkland Islands part of the British territories.
ITV News International Editor Bill Neely reports from Port Stanley:
David Cameron's Office tweeted a picture of the Prime Minister congratulating the Chair of Falklands Legislative Assembly, Gavin Short by phone. Mr Cameron said he was "delighted" that the message from the Falklands was clear, that they are "British through and through".
Nigel Haywood, Governor of the Falkland Islands told ITV News that, "this is a very bright, very lively place with a lot of optimism about he future for the economy of the Islands and the future of the Islands."
Speaking about the Government's response to the poll Mr Haywood said;
"I think the Islanders have never been in any doubt about the strength of support in Britain for the Falkland Islands.
"The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have made that very clear. But it's been very reassuring to have such an immediate response today to the results and that will help the confidence and the optimism of the Islanders for the future."
– Douglas Alexander, Shadow foreign secretary
The Falkland islanders have resisted overt and unhelpful pressure from the Argentinean government in the run-up to this referendum.
However, they have now had the chance to put their views about their sovereignty firmly on the record.
This referendum was a democratic process, overseen by international observers and has now made clear, once and for all, the view of the islanders.
David Cameron has said that he is 'delighted with the Falkland Island result.'
The Prime Minister said, "it's the clearest possible result. The Falklands may be thousands of miles away but they are British through and through. We're there to defend them."
As 99.8% of Falkland Islanders voted in favour of remaining a UK territory, the Guardian's Latin America Correspondent Jonathan Watts said the three people who voted against "would never admit it":
I asked one islander tonight who the Falklands Three (those who didn't vote for UK rule) might be. "No-one will ever admit it," he replied.From @jonathanwatts on Twitter:
A total of 1,517 valid votes were cast, meaning that 92% of the islanders eligible to vote took part.
David Cameron has called on Argentina to respect the wishes of the people of the Falkland Islands after they voted overwhelmingly to remain a British overseas territory.
The Prime Minister said that Argentina should take "careful note" of the referendum result and that Britain would always be there to defend the Falkland Islanders.
Falkland Islanders have been celebrating the referendum results after residents voted overwhelmingly to remain a British overseas territory, with 99.8% declaring themselves in favour during a two-day referendum in the capital Port Stanley.
A total of 1,517 valid votes were cast, a turnout of 92% of the islanders eligible to vote.
Falklands United on behalf of the Falklands United Movement have launched an outspoken attack on President Cristina Kirchner of Argentina in a statement released after the referendum results.
Tonight the Government of Argentina and the rest of the world heard our voice. It is a Falklands voice. It is a British voice.
Tonight is without doubt a very special moment for Falkland Islanders but even more so for democracy.
We have been treated by the Argentine Government as if we don’t exist – or at least as if we have no rights. We have been told that within twenty years our home will be under the control of a nation that we know does not have our best interests at heart. This will never happen and we have resolutely voted against that.
Argentina must pay attention and accept the result of our referendum. Failure to do so suggests that they have priorities other than democracy and freedom of people to choose their own future. In the modern world surely these priorities must be condemned.
These messages have been humbling and a sign that in addition to most of South America, Argentine citizens are growing tired of the Kirchner Government.