Dust off your party hat, string up the bunting and don your best fascinator. Cayman is getting geared up to mark 60 years of the Queen’s reign with a host of celebrations and events. Festivities will be centred around the upcoming long weekend, 2-4 June. Here’s Weekender’s guide to some of the best events.
Royal Jubilees celebrate milestones in a Monarch’s reign. Celebrations of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977 and Golden Jubilee in 2002, included street parties, pageants and parades, as a well as a royal tour of the UK and Commonwealth. Indeed, her Diamond Jubilee is set to be celebrated in the same spirited fashion.
The Queen isn’t the only British Monarch to celebrate a Jubilee. George III and Queen Victoria both celebrated Jubilees during their reigns. In 1897 Queen Victoria became the longest reigning monarch in British history when she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee. In celebration, there was a grand and colourful Jubilee procession through London of Royalty and Military troops from all over the Empire.
The Queen was born Princess Elizabeth of York on 21 April, 1926. She was the first child of The Duke and Duchess of York, who were later crowned King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
At the time of her birth, Princess Elizabeth stood third in line of succession to the throne after Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), and her father, The Duke of York. But it was not expected that her father would become King, or that she would become Queen. However, Princess Elizabeth’s quiet family life came to an end in 1936, when her grandfather, King George V, died.
His eldest son came to the throne as King Edward VIII, but, before the end of the year, King Edward VIII had decided to give up the throne in order to marry the woman he loved, Wallis Simpson. Upon his abdication, Princess Elizabeth’s father acceded to the throne as King George VI. Princess Elizabeth was now first in line to the throne.
A hat fit for a Queen
The Queen is rarely seen without a charming hat perched on her head. Indeed, there has been growing enthusiasm for innovative headwear at social events and special occasions. So, what better reason than the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee to splash out on a beguiling piece of headwear?
Local milliner Laura Anderton has been creating bespoke hats and fascinators for the past year, for special events both here in Cayman and overseas. She recently perfected her art, attending a training course with a milliner in Shropshire, England.
Laura currently works out of her home and it can take up to four days to complete just one hat. The process includes several fittings to ensure the hat is a perfect fit, as well as consultations to discuss design and embellishments.
“I love what I do so much and feel very honoured that clients are trusting me to create something beautiful that hopefully will be admired, and more importantly, that they will enjoy wearing,” Laura said. To order your hat, call 916-7754.
Flying the flag
Over the next several weeks the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Committee is requesting members of the public to put on a red, white and blue show of pride in the Cayman Islands.
Leading up to and during the long weekend of festivities planned for early June, the committee is encouraging business-owners and residents to decorate their offices and properties with the Cayman Islands flag, the Union Flag or bunting in patriotic colours. “We hope this patriotic act will imprint in peoples’ minds that the Cayman Islands is proud of its monarch, and that we are honoured to be a part of this historic occasion,” said Mary Lawrence, committee chairperson.