Queen’s Birthday Celebrated
The Cayman Islands celebrated Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s 88th birthday with a parade of senior uniformed services officers, youth service organisations and the police band, this morning, Saturday, 14 June 2014 beginning at 9.00am.
In front of the Legislative Assembly, New Year’s Honours recipients Dr Saratchandra (Sarath) de Alwis-Seneviratne and Thomas M. Wood accepted their Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour awards from Her Excellency the Governor Helen Kilpatrick.
The Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour (Cert. Hon.) are granted to persons for their loyal and valuable service worthy of recognition or for their meritorious conduct that has provided exceptional benefit to the people of the Cayman Islands.
This is the first Queen’s Birthday Parade and Awards ceremony that Governor Kilpatrick has presided over since taking office last year September.
Mrs Kilpatrick also presented Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to: Jose Ardila, Mia Burke and Allison McDonald. The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme offers bronze, silver and gold awards to young people aged 14-24 years. Candidates must first complete a personal programme of activities in a number of sections, including: volunteering, physical, skills, expedition and for Gold, residential.
Deputy Governor Hon Franz Manderson announced the new Queen’s Birthday Honours recipients: Mrs. Janiece Karin MartinezThompson and Leonard Augustus Hew. Mrs Thompson, an attorney, has been named a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) and businessman Mr Hew receives the British Empire Medal (BEM).
The national song, Beloved Isle Cayman, was performed by Mrs. Lisa Arch-Scott, the great-granddaughter of song composer Leila Ross-Shier. Recently ordained Caymanian priest Father Tristan Abbott led a prayer for Her Majesty the Queen.
This year’s observance also marks the return of a popular custom - the Government House Garden Party, following a three year hiatus. The event took place immediately after the parade and awards ceremony. It was open to the public and held on the front lawn at the Governor’s residence, to the delight of those in attendance.
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