Historic Falcon Ceremony




On the 4th of September, 2005, Vittoriosa was awash with colour as a ceremony which used to take place every year in the long-gone past was enacted with the presentation of a Maltese Falcon to the Kingdom of Spain.

 Although the Spanish King did not attend in person, 27 nobles and businessmen attended on his behalf. This occasion was organized by the Foreign Ministry and the Malta Tourism Authority in collaboration with the Birgu Local Council. 

Hundreds of people, locals and tourists flocked to the main square to capture the action. The delegation in full period costume, were met at Couvre Porte and walked in procession to St. Lawrence Church, where a solemn Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated and the falcon was blessed.