Governor Designate Martyn Roper

The Cayman Islands’ new governor Martyn Roper touches down in the territory Monday morning, before a hectic first week of official engagements.

Mr. Roper, the former deputy head of mission for the U.K. in Beijing, China, and his wife Elisabeth will be welcomed with a police guard of honor on the airport tarmac when their plane arrives from Miami around 11:30 a.m.

Premier Alden McLaughlin, members of the Cabinet, and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson will be among the dignitaries to greet Mr. Roper and his wife.

They will then be escorted to Government House before returning to George Town for an official swearing-in ceremony at the Legislative Assembly.

Mr. Roper is expected to give his first speech as Cayman governor at the swearing-in ceremony before inspecting a second police guard of honor outside the assembly building. The public are invited to attend the swearing-in ceremony.

The new governor, Mr. McLaughlin and Mr. Manderson will jointly host an invitation-only welcome reception Monday night at Government House, where Mr. Roper will get to meet some of the figureheads of the community.

A packed schedule of meetings is planned for the early part of the week with senior politicians, opposition leaders and civil service heads, as well as with the police commissioner, ombudsman and auditor general, as the new governor gets up to speed with the areas of government directly under his purview.

A press conference is planned for Thursday morning and the governor will visit the Sister Islands at the weekend. He will fly to Little Cayman on Friday morning, before traveling to the Brac that afternoon. He plans to take part in the Cancer Society Stride walk on the Brac Saturday morning before returning to Grand Cayman to appear at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s Festival of the Seas gala on Saturday night. Further events, including visits to the districts, are planned the following week.

Road closures

Police advised that to facilitate the swearing-in ceremony on Monday, portions of Fort Street, Albert Panton Drive and Edward Street will be closed between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. that day.

Fort Street will be closed between Harbour Drive and Edward Street; Edward Street will be closed between Dr. Roy’s Drive and Fort Street; and Albert Panton Street will be closed between Fort Street and the entrance to Butterfield Bank.