(CMR) The Cayman Islands Government had a 21-gun salute today at noon in memory of Prince Philip, who passed away on Friday, 9 April. The gun salute was part of the nation's tribute to the 99-year-old Duke of Edinburgh.
Precisely at noon, His Excellency the Governor, Martyn Roper, accompanied by the Deputy Governor, Franz Manderson, led the nation’s tribute with heads bowed in respect to Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Consort, who passed away peacefully on Friday morning in the UK.
Joining the Governor were his wife Lissie Roper and National Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards program, Katherine Jackson, who was also the first gold award winner in the Cayman Islands’ program, as well as the Governor’s Aide-de-Camp Inspector Ian Yearwood.
Others invited to be present in the tribute were Gabriella Terry, a bronze medallist in the program, her mother Gina Terry, gold awardee Kimberly Carlos, bronze medallist Valentina Bustos as well as leader and gold awardee Daniel Lee.
Flags in Cayman Islands Government establishments will fly half-mast until after Prince Philip’s funeral, which will take place at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, next Saturday, 17 April 2021. The funeral arrangements have been amended in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and will not have the Duke lying in state for public attendance, it has been announced.
The longest-serving royal consort in British history was Queen Elizabeth II’s husband for 73 years. He was born on 10 June 1921 on the Greek island of Corfu. The prince married Princess Elizabeth in 1947, five years before she became Queen.
Earlier today (Saturday, 10 April 2021) in the UK, from midday, gun salutes took place for Prince Philip in cities including London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, and Gibraltar and at sea from Royal Navy warships, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.