Royal gong nominations open

| 20/10/2009

(CNS): Despite the current strained relationship with the UK the Cayman Islands, royal accolades, regardless of their colonial connotations, remain popular among the local community and the public is being given the opportunity to nominate people for the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2010. The governor Stuart Jack said nominations must be received by Friday 6 November. Recommendations for OBEs and MBEs are considered in the United Kingdom but recommendations for the Certificate and Badge of Honour are considered locally.


According to the governor’s office the criteria for the gongs is more than long service. The nominations must be supported by a persuasive account of the outstanding or innovative or self-sacrificing services and achievements of the nominee, whether paid or unpaid, in one field or several, and what has raised them above those of others performing similar services, the governor’s office said.

Over the years the royal awards have increasingly been refused by those who are offered them. Famous refuseniks include the Caribbean poet Benjamin Zephaniah, actors and comedians Lenny Henry and Dawn French, author Roald Dahl, celebrity cook Nigella Lawson, artist LS Lowery, who holds the record fro refusing the most amount of honours, and film director Michael Winner who in 2006, said:  "An OBE is what you get if you clean the toilets well at King’s Cross station."

Honours nomination forms can be requested by e-mail from Copies can also be found on the Governor’s Office website ( Please make every effort to fully complete all the relevant sections.  Once completed, the forms should be submitted, under confidential cover, to the Governor’s Office. While all recommendations will be acknowledged, the governor’s office said it cannot enter into correspondence about the action taken onthem.

For further information, please contact the Governor’s Office on 244 2401.




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