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Honouring the Queen

Her Majesty the Queen

Officials will gather on the Legislative Assembly steps to officially celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, this Saturday, 11 June.

Members of the public are invited to attend the 9:00 a.m. ceremony, but persons who have received official invitations must be seated by 8:30 a.m. In the event of heavy rain, the celebration will be moved to the adjacent town hall building for a 10:00 a.m. start, with seating by 9:30 a.m.

This year, twelve previously announced awardees will be honoured by His Excellency the Acting Governor, Mr. Donovan Ebanks, MBE, JP. Immediately following, the 2011 birthday honours recipients will be announced by the Hon. Acting Deputy Governor, Mr. Franz Manderson, Cert. Hon., JP.

The customary 21-gun salute and three cheers will be offered for Her Majesty during the ceremony, along with a prayer by Reverend Bob Thompson. The national song Beloved Isle Cayman will also be sung by Mr. Rudy Myles, accompanied by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Band.

Parade participants will comprise detachments from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS); the Fire and Prison services; the Girls Brigade; Scouts; Cub Scouts; ex-servicemen (Veterans); and the Cadet Corps.

The public is advised that on this occasion, the traditional post-ceremony Government House garden reception hosted by His Excellency the Governor, will not be held.

Saturday's official observance marks the 85th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was born on 21 April 1926 in London, the elder daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York, subsequently King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother).

She ascended the Throne on 6 February 1952, following the death of her father, and her coronation took place on 2 June 1953.

This is Her Majesty's 59th year as Queen. Her Birthday is officially celebrated each June, in the tradition of previous Monarchs.


For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan