This year’s Queen’s garden party,
which was open to the public and held on the lawn of Government House, last
Saturday, was a colourful occasion with plenty of Union Jack bunting fluttering
in the breeze and complimentary food and beverages for visitors.
The annual event was staged to
celebrate her Majesty’s 84th birthday, which fell on 21 April. As well as their
actual birthday, British monarchs traditionally have an official birthday,
which is celebrated and coincides with a public holiday in Cayman and in many
Hosted by Governor Duncan Taylor
and his wife Anne Beatrice, in the grounds of the Governor’s official
residence, the 90-minute event was shorter than in previous years but had all
the usual elements that attendees have come to expect and enjoy.
The Governor gave a brief speech
and offered a toast her Majesty’s continued health as one of the world’s longest
reigning monarchs. Attendees then sang the Happy Birthday song, which was supposedly
a garden party first.
A large tent was placed on the main
lawn for attendees to shelter under from the morning sun. A time to celebrate
the monarch’s long and eventful reign and to wish her many more, the garden
party was a well-orchestrated and sedate affair.
Musical entertainment was provided
by the La Pierre Family Steel band, which played a medley of popular songs.
Several female attendees wore hats
for the occasion and several visitors wore Queen’s medals.
The event also included drill
displays by members of the Cayman Islands Scouts Association and the Cadet
Several officers of the Islands’
police and Fire services attended in full dress uniform, following the Queen’s
Birthday Parade, adding to the colour and pomp of the anniversary event.
The Governor’s household staff
worked at the event and were assisted by local girl guides, who dispensed
swankee to visitors.
The event started at 10am and
followed the Queen’s Birthday Parade in George Town.