Grand Cayman (GIS) – The Queen’s Birthday Parade in front of the Legislative Assembly and an after-event Garden Party on the lawns of Government House will be the customary highlights of the public celebrations for Her Majesty’s the Queen’s 93rd birthday this year, on Saturday, 8 June.
The public holiday for the event is on the following Monday, 10 June 2019.
Chief Protocol and event organiser, Ms Meloney Syms explained that although Her Majesty the Queen was born on 21 April, “it has long been the tradition to celebrate the Sovereign’s official birthday in the summer.”
In the parade this year, more than 140 uniformed services personnel and youth organisations will participate in the parade, marching from Central Police George Town.
Among these will be representatives from the Veterans Association, RCIPS, the Fire Service and Her Majesty Cayman Islands Prison Service. 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 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,” Ms Syms said. “We have scheduled a couple of surprises this year.”
The ceremony starts at 9 am which will also include the inspection of a Guard of Honour by His Excellency the Governor, Mr. Martyn Roper, OBE. 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 Her Majesty.
“Since the event starts at 9 am, all attendees should be in place between 8.30 and 8.45 am,” Ms Syms advised.
Water stations manned by volunteers will be set up around the parade area. Also, the Red Cross will be on hand to provide first-aid assistance as needed, she noted.
Following the celebrations in Town, at 10.30 am, 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 provide our collective wishes for Her Majesty’s continued good health and longevity on her official birthday,”
Ms Syms added.
The RCIPS is advising the public of the following road closures happening in order to facilitate the Queen’s Birthday ceremonies on Saturday, 8 June.
Fort Street will be closed between Harbour Drive and Edward Street from 6:00PM on Friday, 7 June to facilitate setup for the event. The junction of Fort Street and Albert Panton Street will also be closed at this time. These roads will remain closed until after the ceremonies on Saturday, 8 June,at about 12:00PM.
Fort Street will be closed between Harbour Drive and Mary Street, and Edward Street will be closed between Fort Street and Dr. Roy’s Drive from 6:00AM and re-open after the ceremonies by about 12:00PM.