Jubilee celebrations at Pedro St. James

The people of the Cayman Islands came together last Saturday to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee at Pedro St. James in Grand Cayman.

This was the start of a week celebrations in which the territory, along with other Commonwealth countries, will honour 60 years on the throne by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

After the singing of the national song and anthem by Kimberly Steward, Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush awarded a number of people in the community with medals and recognised others for their contributions and service to building up the Cayman Islands.

With the beacon burning brightly in the background after being lit earlier by torch runners in the Queen’s honour, Premier Bush spoke of the love and admiration the people of the Cayman Islands had for the Queen.

“The people of the Cayman Islands has the greatest respect and honour for the Queen,” said Premier Bush, while making mention of her visit to the Cayman Islands in 1994. “Every member of the Caymanian family is proud and very fond of the Queen. She charmed the people on her visit to the islands and the depth of their love went more than just constitutional based – Cayman and the Monarch are like family, even if we do not get along all the time,” he said.

“We have come a long way,” Premier Bush said, telling the story of how our forefathers had to leave these islands to make a living by going to sea and the women who cared the homes, church builders, and all those who gave of themselves for the good of the territory. “We must celebrate them with praise,” he said. Now was the time he said we had to work together for the common good and be united like other countries, never taking our minds from where we came and what we have and were we are going.

“Think of where we were 60 years ago, look at where our children can be today,” he said recalling when families looked out for each others’ children. “Let’s pledge to work together for the common good and be united like other countries,” he said thanking all for their contributions.