Plans in place for Queen’s birthday celebration

| 26/05/2019

CNS Local Life
Parade during 2018 birthday celebration

(CNS Local Life): Public celebration of the Queen’s 93rd birthday is set for Saturday, 8 June in front of the Legislative Assembly with an after-event garden party on the lawns of Government House. The public holiday for the event will be on the following Monday, 10 June.

Chief of Protocol and event organiser, Meloney Syms, explained that although Queen Elizabeth II was born on 21 April, “it has long been the tradition to celebrate the Sovereign’s official birthday in the summer”.

This year, more than 140 uniformed services personnel and youth organisations will participate in the parade, marching from Central Police Station, George Town, stated a press release.

Among these will be representatives from the Veterans Association, Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), the Cayman Islands Fire Service and Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (HMCIPS). Additionally, youth organisations such as the Girls Brigade, the Scouts and the Cadet Corps will take part, all joined by some 25 musicians from the RCIPS Band.

The ceremony starts at 9am, with everyone attending expected to be in place between 8:30am and 8:45am. The programme will also include presentation of honours including to the Duke of Edinburgh programme youth recipients.

“I invite everyone to attend and watch the colourful procession and distinguished proceedings,” Syms said. “We have scheduled a couple of surprises this year.”

which will also include the inspection of a Guard of Honour by Governor Martyn Roper. This will be the first time he will be attending the Queen’s Birthday celebrations in the Cayman Islands.

The celebrations will also include the traditional cheers and 21-gun salute to the Queen.

Water stations manned by volunteers will be set up around the parade area, with the Red Cross on hand to provide first-aid assistance as needed, Syms said.

Following these celebrations, at 10:15am, the governor will host his first official Queen’s Birthday Garden Party on the lawns of Government House.

“I hope members of the public will come out and enjoy all the celebrations as we join to offer our collective wishes for Her Majesty’s continued good health and longevity on her official birthday,” Syms added.


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  1. Date conscious says:

    Saturday is 8 June and not 9 June

    CNS: Thank you! The date has now been corrected.