Lady Thurston is a former citizen of Westarctica who held numerous positions in the Grand Ducal Cabinets of both Grand Duke Travis and Grand Duke Philip. She is also the mother of the Princess of Thurston.
Minister of Theocratic Affairs
Lady Thurston's first position in the Government of Westarctica was as Westarctica's second Minister of Theocratic Affairs, a post she was appointed to in late 2005 following the disbarment and exile of the first Minister. She held the post until Grand Duke Philip felt her skills could be better utilized in a more significant role and promoted her to Minister of Affairs.
Minister of Affairs
The Ministry of Affairs combined the responsibilities of two related cabinet positions: the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of the State (Internal Affairs). Grand Duke Philip intended this title to allow Lady Thurston to mediate debates inside the Westarctica Forum and delegate internal strategies, while also placing her in a position to make recommendations regarding external related affairs and continue communication with other micronations.
Philip made clear his position with a statement posted to the front page of Westarctica's website:
Micronational and Tribal Leaders - Please take note: While I am always in communication with my Cabinet Ministers, this position is the first tier of communication, should you wish to contact the Grand Duchy regarding diplomacy. Should anyone wish to contact the Grand Duchy regarding treaties, and/or other diplomatic matters, please Click Here to contact the Minister of Affairs.
Thank you for your understanding.
In September 2018, Lady Thurston announced that she was retiring from Westarctican affairs and in January 2019, she officially renounced her citizenship.
Honored Artist of Westarctica
On 1 May 2018 Lady Thurston was awarded the first Honored Artist of Westarctica (then called the Honored Artist ribbon). The award citation read:
"...for service to the nation, by writing and composing Westarctica's national anthem, "Wesarctica, Land of the Brave." The original composition is invaluable to creating the sense of national pride needed to ensure the nation's existence into the distant future. This Honor is bestowed with the utmost respect and deepest gratitude of Westarctica's leadership on this, the 1st day of May in the year Two-Thousand and Eighteen."