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Rex Hunt, Governor of the Falkland Islands

On 1 April, Rex Hunt, Governor of the Falkland Islands, received information from London that an Argentinian invasion was imminent. That evening he broadcast this news to the islanders. Argentinian forces began to land in the early hours of 2 April, and by 8.30am, with further reinforcements coming ashore, Hunt realised that resistance was futile and ordered a ceasefire. He was told he would be flown out of the Falklands that day. He changed into his ceremonial uniform and was driven to Stanley airport in his official car, a former London taxi. Hunt was flown first to Montevideo in Uruguay and from there to London.

Rex Hunt
Part of the ceremonial uniform worn by Rex Hunt
This hat was part of the ceremonial uniform worn by Rex Hunt when Governor of the Falklands before the Argentinian invasion in April 1982. By kind permission of Sir Rex Hunt, © IWM