2021 Année Napoléon > The Domaines Nationaux de Sainte-Hélène (The French Domains on St Helena)

As part of the commemoration of the death of Napoleon I in 1821, the French Domains on St Helena are organising several ceremonies at the site of the Emperor’s first burial.

Updated on 19 February 2020

For further information, please visit the French Domains on St Helena website.


Wednesday 5 May 2021 
> Bicentenary ceremonies commemorating the death of Napoleon I
Thursday 6 May 2021 > Ceremony at the Tomb
Sunday 9 May 2021 > Ceremony at the Tomb

[update 3 December 2020] A more detailed programme is already available on the website of the “Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage”

A special Facebook event page has been created for the official ceremonies via video-link.

► The events on 5, 6 and 9 May 2021 will be broadcast live via video-link on a special website


Laying a funeral bouquet from a distance

Saint Helena Napoleonic Heritage (a non-profit association under Helenian law, whose aim is to preserve the memory of the Emperor on St Helena) is offering an online service to all those who would like to be part of the bicentenary commemorations of Napoleon’s death on the island: have a personalised mini-wreath of “everlasting flowers” placed on the Emperor’s tomb on 5 May 2021. Access to St Helena being more than likely impossible during 2021 due to covid restrictions, this opportunity is a small comfort for all those who would have liked  to attend the bicentary commemorations there this year.


The flowers (known in French as “immortelles”) will be collected on the island, evoking the gift sent to Napoleon by Lady Moira in 1817 for his garden at Longwood…. Each wreath will be labelled with the name, surname and country of its sponsor. A photo will be sent to the donor after the order has been placed.

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The Napoleonic domains on the island of St Helena have belonged to France since 1857, and they have been run and managed by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign affairs since 1858. The French domains on the island are: Longwood House (Napoleon’s residence from December 1815 to May 1821); the Valley of the Tomb (where Napoleon’s body was buried from 1821 to 1840); and the Briars Pavilion (Napoleon’s first residence of the island from October to December 1815).

Read here about “Operation St Helena“, a project to restore Longwood House, from 2010 to 2014 by the French Domains on St Helena, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Fondation Napoléon.