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Plans set for Queen’s birthday celebration

| 14/06/2017 | 0 Comments
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Charles Watler

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Islands will celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s official birthday on Saturday, 17 June 2017, with a parade by the uniformed services preceding a brief ceremony at the Legislative Assembly recognising past and current recipients of Queen’s Honours. The event will start at 9am, and guests and the general public should be in place by 8:30am. In the case of rain, the ceremony will move to the George Town Town Hall, starting at 10am.

Charles Wesley Watler, best known as the “Father of the Immigration Board” and for his generous contributions to the Cayman Islands community, will receive the Member of the Order of the British Empire award, stated a government press release.

Philip Rankin will be honoured with the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour for his services to the financial services industry, and in particular the board of Cayman Airways.

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Philip Rankin

The annual garden party will be held from 10am to 11:30am on the front lawn of Government House. In keeping with tradition, the party will be open to the public. There will be entertainment with light food and drinks.

A semi-formal day dress code will be enforced, with hats optional.

“These ceremonies represent one of the undisputed highlights of the islands’ social calendar,” said Meloney Syms, head of the Protocol Office.

“It will be an opportunity for everyone to pay the respects to our Queen and to celebrate the achievements of our home-grown role models Mr Watler and Mr Rankin. Both are prominent members of our society and are deserving of these honours.”

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