Right royal event for students

The theme for this year’s Commonwealth Day event in London was ‘The Environment – Our Future’.

Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty The Queen greeting the Commonwealth students accompanied by His Excellency The Rt Hon Donald McKinnon, Commonwealth Secretary-General. Photo: Submitted

Two Caymanian students living in London were selected to represent the Cayman Islands on the day’s programme organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.

The programme included discussions on the Commonwealth, short debates and presentations by visiting and UK Parliamentarians, attendance at the Observance Service at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and all Commonwealth High Commissioners in London, and attendance at the Commonwealth Secretary General’s evening reception, also in the presence of Her Majesty.

The two students concerned were Julie Bain and Travis Ritch and both said it was a very special day.

Travis said: ‘We were treated to committee-style talks with High Commissioners and MPs and felt the Commonwealth spirit during the service at the Abbey.

‘But the highlight of the day was the evening reception at Marlborough House, where we mingled with senior diplomats. We did not get to speak to The Queen, but being only five feet away from her was enough. I highly recommend this event for anyone who has the opportunity to go’.

Jennifer Dilbert, Cayman Islands Representative in the UK, also attended the Service at Westminster Abbey, together with other British Overseas Territories Representatives and Commonwealth diplomats.

Mrs Dilbert said that, as usual, the service was very moving and it was an honour to be able to represent the Cayman Islands’.