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Mayor helps mark borough's connection with Chilean hero

1 September 2021

Richmond upon Thames' unique connection with Chilean hero Bernardo O’Higgins was marked at a ceremony in Richmond last week (Friday 27 August 2021).

Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Geoff Acton joined a small number of delegates from the Chilean Embassy at O'Higgins Square in Richmond to mark the birth of one of the key figures in the Chilean independence movement and head of the country's first national government. Wreaths were laid in front of a bust of him which stands above an elegant concrete monument designed by Chilean architect Marcial Echenique.

Bernardo O’Higgins lived in Richmond for two years whilst he studied at Clarence House in The Vineyard, which used to be a private school.

The Mayor said:

"It was great to welcome the Chilean Ambassador and Military attaché to Richmond for a live ceremony celebrating an important Richmond resident and a Chilean hero. We also enjoyed a celebratory lunch at the Cavalry Club with other distinguished guests and look forward to many future occasions."

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Updated: 1 September 2021