(CMR) Cayman’s delegation at the Funeral of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, led by HE Governor Martyn Roper and Premier Wayne Panton paid respects to Her Late Majesty in Westminster Hall on Saturday.
Both Governor Roper and PRemier Panton said it was an emotional and moving moment for the delegation which included Mrs. Roper, Mrs. Panton, Cabinet Secretary Sam Rose, and Dr. Tasha Garcia, head of the London office.
Premier Panton signed the condolence book with other Premiers at Lancaster House. Afterwardthe team was invited by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, to have tea in his rooms and apartment with other OT leaders.
Mr. Panton and Governor Roper then attended a moment of reflection at the Cayman Islands Government Office with the Cayman community in the UK, where all were invited to sign a condolence book and record on video their memories of the Late Queen. Governor Roper described the occasion as a beautiful event.
“I am very proud that 6 members of RCIPS have joined us and are invited to line the Funeral route along with other OT Police Officers tomorrow. It is truly touching that our country is so well represented at these events to reflect the connection and loss that so many across our Islands feel,” Governor Roper said.
The Governor and Premier also attended the King’s Reception at Buckingham Palace Sunday evening.
“The atmosphere in London is extraordinary with very large crowds and hundreds of thousands queuing patiently for hours for the Lying-in-State to pay their final respects to such an amazing woman and Monarch. The mood is somber and respectful with a strong sense of compassion, grace and community,” Mr. Roper spoke of the atmosphere in London
“It is truly touching that our country is so well represented at these events to reflect the connection and loss that so many across our Islands feel,” Mr. Panton said.