25 Aug 2008

Sir Edmund's banner moved to cathedral

4:32 pm on 25 August 2008

The Knight of the Garter banner that represented Sir Edmund Hillary in St George's chapel in England has been returned to New Zealand.

The banner was unveiled at St Mary's in the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland, which hosted Sir Edmund's state funeral at a ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Sir Edmund was made a Knight of the Garter by the Queen in 1995 and as part of that tradition a banner honouring him was hung in St George's, the Queen's chapel at Windsor.

It was taken down after Sir Edmond's death in January and returned to the Hillary family in April.

Lady Hillary requested that the banner be hung in St Mary's so all New Zealanders could have access to it.

Prime Minister Helen Clark was at the private ceremony which was also attended by Lady Hillary and Governor-General Anand Satyanand.

Miss Clark says only three New Zealanders have been members of the Order of the Garter. Sir Keith Holyoake's banner is in Te Papa, Lord Elworthy's banner is in Timaru and Sir Edmund's is now in Auckland, close to his home.