Busy first day for new governor

The public will get their first look at the new governor when he arrives on a flight from Miami shortly before midday on Friday.

Duncan Taylor will be kept busy during his first day as governor of the Cayman Islands with a series of ceremonies, public appearances and briefings.

busy day for governor

Duncan Taylor

Angela Piercy, head of the Government Information Service, outlining the schedule for the new governor, said he was due to land on a Cayman Airways flight from Miami at 11.50am, after spending the night in Miami.

On landing, he will be ushered to the VIP arrivals area at the airport where he will meet Members of the Legislative Assembly and other officials.

From the airport, he will be taken to his new home at Government House on Seven Mile Beach.

‘He will have some time at Government House to freshen up and meet staff and put his bags down,’ said Steve Moore, head of the Governor’s Office.

Mr. Taylor, whose official title will still be Governor Designate at that time, will then proceed to the Legislative Assembly to arrive at 2pm.

There he will receive a General Salute before entering the Assembly building in a procession that will include Speaker of the House Mary Lawrence, Acting Governor Donovan Ebanks, Premier McKeeva Bush, Leader of the Opposition Kurt Tibbetts, and the Commissioner of Police David Baines.

In previous occasions when a new governor was sworn in, the Leader of the Opposition did not take part in the ceremony, but under the new constitution, he is included in the programme.

Once inside the chamber, Pastor Felix Manzanares will read a prayer and Rudy Myles will sing the National Anthem. Then, Acting Governor Mr. Ebanks will read the Warrant of Appointment and the Chief Justice Anthony Smellie will administer the Oaths of Office to Mr. Taylor, officially making him the new Governor of the Cayman Islands.


This will be followed by speeches by Mr. Bush on behalf of the government and by Mr. Ebanks on behalf of the Civil Service, to which Mr. Taylor will read a reply.

The Girls’ Brigade will then make a presentation to his wife, Marie-Beatrice Taylor.

Afterwards, Governor Taylor will receive his first Royal Salute outside the Legislative Assembly, inspect a Guard of Honour, and then receive a second Royal Salute.

He will then attend a press conference with local media.

From 6pm to 9pm, a welcome reception will be held for the new governor at Pedro St. James in Newlands. All members of the public are invited to this event, which will include a receiving line, messages from government officials, and live entertainment.

Mr. Taylor has been the British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean since 2005. He left that position last year and has been in England since.

Mr. Moore said Mr. Taylor had met with his predecessor Stuart Jack in London, and had also had a meeting with Premier Bush during the Overseas Territories Consultative Council gathering in England last month. He has also had a number of briefings over the telephone with Acting Governor Ebanks in recent weeks.