The annual Service for the Order of St. Michael and St. George was held at St. Paul’s Cathedral Wednesday.
The order was founded in 1818 and recipients of the order are generally from amongst the members of HM Diplomatic Service who have held high office in overseas service. The order has its own chapel in St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Sovereign of the Order, Her Majesty The Queen, attends the service every eight years, which naturally results in a larger attendance by members and their guests. Her Majesty was accompanied by HRH The Duke of Kent, the grand master of the order and it was estimated that there were 2,500 people present. As part of the very colourful service, the knights and companions process through the cathedral and this year the procession included three former governors of the Cayman Islands – Mr. Thomas Russell, Mr. John Owen and Mr. Bruce Dinwiddy.
Mary Chandler-Allen, Cayman Islands government deputy representative and her husband attended the service and subsequently a lunch was held at the Royal Overseas League, also attended by Jennifer Dilbert, the Cayman Islands government representative.
Mrs. Dilbert commented on the close relationship that is maintained with many former governors – Mr. Owen is the chairman of the Friends of Cayman group and Mr. Russell is about to fly out to Ghana to represent Cayman Islands veterans at the triennial conference of the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League.