Cayman celebrates Queen's birthday on Saturday

The official birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be celebrated on Saturday, June 13 with a parade in front of the Legislative Assembly followed by a garden reception at Government House.

Also, Monday, 15 June will be observed as a public holiday in the Cayman Islands to honor the occasion.

The parade and ceremony takes place in front of the Legislative Assembly building at 9 a.m. Saturday. Invited guests should be seated by 8.30 a.m. Immediately following the ceremony at 10.15 a.m., the garden party will be held on the front lawn of the Government House. There will be musical entertainment, food and drinks.

Officials note that a dress code of semi-formal day dress will be enforced. Hats are optional. Inappropriately dressed persons – for example those wearing shorts, tank tops or swimwear – will not be allowed on the property.

During the ceremony, several already-announced recipients of the Queen’s Honours and the Duke of Edinburgh award will receive their awards from Her Excellency, the Governor Helen Kilpatrick, including British Empire Medal recipient Leonard Hew. Mr Hew is the first Caymanian to receive the BEM since 1993. The award was recently reintroduced by the United Kingdom Government following a lengthy hiatus. The Governor will also make presentations to six Gold Award winners from the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme. Recipients include: Samantha Mascarenhas, Adam Jackson and David Terry, as well as Sergeant Antanika Ebanks, 2nd Lieutenant Natalie Williams and Lieutenant Corporal Joseph Burey of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps.

Cayman Islands Deputy Governor Franz Manderson will also announce the names of those who have received 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Protocol Coordinator Meloney Syms urges members of the public to come out to all events and bring their families.

“It is an opportunity for us to come together as a country to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. There will be lots of music and color and refreshments. We have planned a really enjoyable day for residents of all ages”, Ms. Syms stated.

Parade participants will consist of detachments from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Fire Service; Prison Service; Girls Brigade; Scouts, Veterans; and the Cadet Corps.

A prayer for The Queen will be offered by Pastor Andrew Ebanks. Mona Lisa Meade will sing the national song, Beloved Isle Cayman.

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place inside the George Town Town Hall.