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British Virgin Islands
Overseas territory of the United Kingdom
|Motto: "Vigilate" (Latin)
|Anthem: God Save the Queen (official)
Territorial song: Oh, Beautiful Virgin Islands (official)
and largest city
|Government||British Overseas Territoryc|
|-||Governor||William Boyd McCleary|
|-||Deputy Governor||Vivian Inez Archibald|
|-||Responsible Ministerd (UK)||Mark Simmonds MP|
|Legislature||House of Assembly|
|British Overseas Territory|
|-||Total||153 km2 (216th)
59 sq mi
|-||2005 census||27,000 (212th)|
|Currency||United States dollar (
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
|-||Summer (DST)||not observed (UTC-4)|
|a.||Mostly British and Portuguese.|
|b.||Mostly Puerto Ricans.|
|c.||Parliamentary democratic dependency under constitutional monarchy.|
|d.||For the Overseas Territories.|
The British Virgin Islands are part of the Virgin Islands chain of islands shared by both the United States and the United Kingdom. It has sixteen inhabited and more than twenty uninhabited islands, and it includes the island of Anegada. It has an area of 153 km². Over 22,000 people live there, many fewer than the United States Virgin Islands.
In 1666 England took over the islands. The first lieutenant governor was appointed in 1701, but the British Virgin Islands were usually governed as part of other groups of islands in the Caribbean until 1960 when last legal links with the Leeward Islands were abolished.
A new constitution was given in 2007. It grants more control over everyday life to the Islanders, and lists the protection a person can expect from the government. The Chief Minister will become the Prime Minister, and the Legislative Council will be called the House of Assembly.
- "The Virgin Islands Constitution Order 2007". Queen's Printer of Acts of Parliament. http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/20071678.htm. Retrieved 2007-08-13.
A visual guide to the British Virgin Islands