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Happy Birthday to King Charles - as Cayman celebrates with parade and garden party

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Happy Birthday to King Charles - as Cayman celebrates with parade and garden party

Commissioner Kurt Walton and Inspector Ian Yearwood excorts Her Excellency the Governor, Jane Owen

Commissioner Kurt Walton excorts Premier Juliana Oconnor Conolly

Contingents from all the uniformed services paid their respects too, by marching in front of the attendees and dignitaries

James Watler MBE recipient

James Watler, Lucille Seymour and Eziethamae “Zeta Mae” Bodden

Sharon Marie Martin MBE recipient

Jondo Obi recipent of the British Empire Medal

It was a proud day - people flocked to the King’s Birthday Parade opposite Government House on West Bay Road. Prominent members of the public were there.

They had come to celebrate King Charles’ Birthday - but also rejoice with local recipients of the Order of the British Empire and British Empire Medal.

Contingents from all the uniformed services paid their respects too, by marching in front of the attendees and dignitaries. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) the Cayman Islands Fire Service, The Cayman Islands Coast Guard, Cadets, the Cayman Islands Regiment Scouts, Girl Guides and the Girls Brigade and the Cayman Islands Prison Service all paraded proudly.

RCIPS’ Commissioner Kurt Walton gave a salute, recieved by Her Excellency the Governor, Jane Owen. There were Three Cheers for the King. Happy Birthday!

Sharon Marie Martin recieved her MBE for her services to education and the wider community - long and dedicated career as an educator and the Principal of George Town Primary School, now renamed after her, in her honor. Despite being officially retired, Ms Martin continues to work hard for Cayman’s children and the wider community, and has always looked out especially for the needs of those who are in danger of falling behind in their education.

Governor Jane Owen recognised James Watler as an MBE recipient, and Jondo Obi who was announced as a recipent of the British Empire Medal for her dedication to community service, including her work as Director of the Cayman Islands Red Cross.

Awardees on the King’s Birthday Honours List included former Police Commissioner Derek Byrne and retired midwife Susan Doak

During a short speech, the Governor said that they were celebrating the King’s Birthday and his unique and lifelong commitment to public service.

The Governor hosted a garden party in the Grounds of Government House in the Evening. It was a delightful occasion, and an opportunity for contemporary leaders to mix and mingle with those who have had so much influence in the past, and continue to work behind-the-scenes to make the Cayman Islands even better. Among the guests were the Premier Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly. Also present was Lucille Seymour.MBE, BEM, JP, A former teacher and education official, in the Cayman Islands Government, she was Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Community Development, Sports, Women, Youth Affairs and Culture, and has consistently supported netball here.

Brian Wilson, former Principal of Cayman Prep and High School and a lifelong educator, was also present with his family.


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