Cayman’s representative in the UK Jennifer Dilbert was presented with the Honour of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen at an Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 29 March.
She was accompanied by her husband Leonard and her parents Vernon and Francine Jackson.
The event was followed by a reception at the Cayman Islands Government Office in London which was attended by colleagues and friends of Mrs. Dilbert, said a press release.
Also in attendance were a number of guests from Cayman including Governor Stuart Jack and Minister for Tourism Charles Clifford.
At the reception former Governor John Owen congratulated Mrs. Dilbert and spoke of how significant it was that her family was able to join her in the celebrations. Mr. Owen lauded Mrs. Dilbert’s family as an outstanding civil servant family of the Cayman Islands.
He pointed out that Mr. Jackson, who himself holds an OBE, held the position of Permanent Secretary in the Cayman Islands Government. This position has also been held by older daughter Joy Basdeo MBE, and Jennifer’s husband Leonard Dilbert.
Mr. Clifford followed by thanking Mrs. Dilbert for her excellent service to the Cayman Islands Government to date.
Governor Jack then congratulated Mrs. Dilbert in the capacity of the non-elected Government, stating that the MBE Honour that Mrs. Dilbert had received from the Queen was well deserved.
Jennifer Dilbert said that she was deeply honoured to have received the award, and thanked her colleagues, staff and friends for their support.
She commented that it had been a tremendous week of celebrations for her entire family, with the baptism of her and Leonard’s first grandchild Elizabeth, as well as the 55th wedding anniversary of her parents.
She said that ‘today has been a remarkable day, with the Investiture at the Palace being a very special event. The Queen asked how Cayman was recovering from the hurricane, and we had a very nice conversation about Cayman and my work here in London.’