Queen’s birthday, a celebration for everyone

The
queen’s birthday celebration parade, held in front of the Legislative Assembly
on Saturday, 12 June, saw a large turnout in recognition of Queen Elizabeth II,
as well as to honour several individuals’ service to the Cayman Islands
community and the recipients of 2010 honours.

Honourees
included Kurt Tibbetts, leader of the opposition, who was made an Officer of
the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) (OBE) for his
outstanding service to the community.

George
Town MLA Alden McLaughlin was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire
(MBE) for his service in connection with Cayman’s constitutional reform.

Additionally,
the Colonial Police and Fire Service Medal was awarded to Deputy Chief Officer
Doorly McLaughlin of the Cayman Islands Fire Service.

Completing
the official celebration of the queen’s 84th birthday, Governor Duncan Taylor
named Jackie Balls, Celeste Broderick and Penny McDowall recipients of the
Cayman Islands Certificate Badge of Honour.

Mrs.
Balls was recognised for her work with the dance industry; Mrs. Broderick for
her contributions to pageantry in the Cayman Islands; and Mrs. McDowall for her
service with the Special Olympics.

Edna
Moyle was presented with the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE),
while Betty Baraud, Dr. Elsa Maria Cummings-Williams, Julian Nicholas Reddyhough
and Sharon Elaine Roulstone were presented with the Certificate and Badge of
Honour. Their awards were announced in the New Year Honours in January,

During
Saturday’s festivities, many of the Islands’ leaders and stalwarts of community
service were on hand for the arrival of Governor Taylor, who inspected the Guard
of Honour, in addition to presenting badges and certificates.

A
21-gun salute and three cheers were offered up for the queen and officers from
all brigades removed their hats to salute her.

Premier
McKeeva Bush was unable attend, as he was off Island on official business,
according to aides.

However,
Deputy Premier Juliana O‘Connor-Connolly was on hand, along with Deputy Governor
Donovan Ebanks, who announced the Queen’s Birthday honourees for 2010. 

Rudy
Myles sang the National Anthem, and Pastor Winston Rose offered prayers.

A
reception was held later at the Governor’s residence.

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Governor Duncan Taylor prepares to inspect the Guard of Honour.
Photo: Stuart Wilson

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