Celebrations for Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee are slated for this weekend and promise to bring out the festive spirit in all. 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 United Kingdom and Commonwealth. Indeed, she visited the Cayman Islands in 1994. Her Diamond Jubilee is set to be celebrated in the same spirited fashion. Whether you choose to celebrate at home or at one of the many organised event’s island wide, there’s plenty to suit all.
Jubilee events diary
Saturday, 2 June
Ladies Luncheon at Windsor Castle.
Ok, it’s not really Windsor Castle, its Abacus … but one can, of course, imagine. Join Tea Time in Cayman, the Cayman Islands Olympic Fundraising Committee and the Queens Jubilee Celebration Committee, for a delicious lunch from noon to 3pm. The event also includes a live auction, with a trip to London up for grabs. Funds raised will help support Cayman’s athletes attending this year’s Olympic Games. $125 per person. Call 623-8282 for reservations.
From 5pm, enjoy a catboat sail by and jubilee flotilla, followed by a fireworks display at Hog Sty Bay, George Town. Vessels will be lavishly and colourfully decorated in honour of the event. Prizes will be awarded for the most colourful and creative boat. To participate in the flotilla, e-mail [email protected]
The Cayman Islands Sailing Club hosts Diamonds and Tiaras, Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Ball at the Wharf restaurant. The event starts at 6pm and includes a sit-down dinner, wine, live entertainment DJ and dancing. Dress code is black tie. Tickets are $90, or $800 for a table of 10. Email [email protected]
Monday, 4 June
Diamond Jubilee Brunch at 7 Restaurant, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman.
Don you most beguiling fascinator, coronation worthy frock and practice your most Queenly wave for a feast fit for a royal. From noon to 3pm, $95 with champagne, $70 without. Call 815-6912 for reservations.
Enjoy what is planned to be one of the largest parades in Cayman, featuring schools, uniformed and civic groups. The parade will start at 10am in downtown George Town.
International Celebration of Food & Music
From 11am in the Bus Park next to the Library, enjoy an afternoon of food and music. All are invited.
The Cayman Islands Sailing Club is hosting a street party at its Red Bay location, from 2 to 5pm. Tickets are $15 and include a traditional home made British tea with Pimms, entertainment and Pico sailing. For more details e-mail [email protected] or call 947-7913.
Hosting a Diamond Jubilee party
Whether you choose to host a small intimate party or invite the whole street, you’ll want to ensure your jubilee party goes off with a bang. Here are a few tips:
Bunting is a must. Balloons and streamers are easy to use, inexpensive and look great too.
Opt for a patriotic colour scheme. Red, white and blue decorations will make the perfect statement.
Pick your foods wisely and choose British party favourites – sausage rolls, sponge cakes, pork pies and scotch eggs always go down well.
Log on to www.flavacayman.com for some patriotic recipes.
Perfect your royal wave
This weekend, be sure to perfect your royal wave. In case you’re wondering, the royal wave isn’t a side-to-side movement – how common! – but, according to royal experts, mimics the figurative unscrewing of a light bulb. After 60 years as Queen, Elizabeth II has got the royal wave down to an art form. You could argue it’s her signature move. Once you’ve perfected it, feel even more regal and don some elegant gloves, or perhaps give it your own signature spin.
Here’s some interesting facts you probably didn’t know about the queen.
1 – The Queen is the only person in Britain who is not required to have a passport.
2 – She has seen 12 prime ministers and six popes come and go.
3 – She has 30 godchildren.
4 – The Queen has owned more than
30 corgis during her reign.
5 – There is a Coutts cash machine at Buckingham Palace.
6 – The Queen keeps a portable hook with a suction cup in her handbag so she can hang it discreetly under tables.
7 – She has sat for 129 portraits during her reign.
8 – Unusual gifts she has received on royal tours include a live 7-year-old bull elephant and two tortoises.
9 – She is a patron of more than 600 charities and organisations.
10 – During her reign she has answered some three million items of correspondence.
11 – The Queen has given out about 90,000 Christmas puddings to staff continuing the custom of King George V and King George VI.
12 – The first football match The Queen attended was the 1953 FA Cup Final.
13 – The Queen has launched 21 ships during her reign.
14 – In an average year, The Queen will host more than 50,000 people at banquets, lunches, dinners, receptions and Garden Parties at Buckingham Palace.
15 – The Queen learnt to drive in 1945.