Caymanians get royal gongs for Queen’s Birthday

| 16/06/2014

(CNS): The former and first chair of the Cayman Islands Standards in Public Life Committee, Karin Thompson is named a Member of the British Empire (MBE) and local business man Leonard Hew receive the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the latest batch of royal gongs. The awards for Thompson and Hew were announced this weekend as part of the Queen’s Birthday celebrations. Officials said Thompson was awarded for her work in the protection of children and Hew for his behind-the-scenes efforts to build local sporting capacity. The New Year’s royal honourees received their medals during the Queen's birthday parade celebrations on Saturday.

Cayman marked Queen Elizabeth II’s 88th birthday with a parade of senior uniformed services officers, youth service organisations and the police band in front of the Legislative Assembly.

New Year’s Honours were presented to Dr Saratchandra (Sarath) de Alwis-Seneviratne and Thomas M. Wood by Cayman Islands Governor Helen Kilpatrick, who also presented Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards to Jose Ardila, Mia Burke and Allison McDonald. The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme offers bronze, silver and gold awards to young people aged 14-24 years. 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone have any work to do today? 


  2. Anonymous says:

    The Queen's birthday is a holiday for me.  I stay home and sleep


  3. Anonymous says:

    00:06 and, What the hell, just enjoy the celebrations and congratulations to all 

    How do you haters rest at night, just SMILE is's a lot easier and your headache will go away.

  4. Anonymous says:

    To all present, past and future recipiants of OBE, CBE, MBE (and CDM while we're at it) awards : their ain't no "Empire" anymore, you silly twits. This is from the country that gave you all Monty Pythons Flying Circus, The Goons, the "Carry On" series, Fawlty Towers and Benny Hill for crying out loud. It's a joke, okay?

    • Anonymous says:

      Strewth! Just viewed the feedback from my 00.06 post on, basically, agreeing to be delusional. We're gonna need more coolaid, guys. But what the heck – if you're all happy living in cuckooland, so be it. (PS Good if you got the Cadburys Dairy Milk advert reference!)

  5. Anonymous says:

    Karen certainly deserve the highest award for especially helping women. I know that she spends tireless nights working for abused women. She is not afraid to tackle the hightest of men regardless of where they are from. Congrats …….. Well deserved Kay Kay.

  6. Just a Simple Caymanian says:

    I say get rid of it all, maybe Government would save a few more DOLLARS. … I am sure it cost a few thousand to put on etc. But I guess it the time to show off the medals , hats , dresses, etc . so i guess I should say go for it have fun.

    To all those that received I say congrats to


  7. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to the recipients of the various honours!  Why the heck does this argument about coronation, official or unofficial birthday of the Queen need to be interjected here? It is a distraction from the real story!

    • Anonymous says:

      With all due respect, proper accomplishments need proper forms of recognition, and the piffle you reference is a key ingredient of the nonsense afoot here. There is no "empire" anymore anymore than there is the use of a horse and carriage as a primary form of transportation. Let's get real, folks (always assuming you want to!).

  8. pmilburn says:

    Congrats to you both especially Lennie for his work in sports.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Goodness gracious me, when is all this make-believe about "the queen" and "the empire" going to end and the U.K. public finally gets an elected head of state? Or is that an unreasonable aspiration? if you think it is I'd like to hear why (but no talk of "tradition", for pity's sake).

    • Anonymous says:

      I've changed my perspective entirely (12.12 here) after my Caymanian wife  – like most Caymanians a fervent supporter of the Royal Family – threatened to quit supplying me with her delicious meals. Apologies all round. I am now an avid supporter of all things Royal Family.  (Is this enough, love?)

      • Whodatis says:

        May I respectfully ask the (approximate) age of your wife?

        • Anonymous says:

          I'm not the original poster. But I am curious as to the reasoning behind this question? 

          • Whodatis says:

            I asked because the poster said; "I've changed my perspective entirely (12.12 here) after my Caymanian wife  – like most Caymanians a fervent supporter of the Royal Family … "

            Caymanians have been subject to varying levels of propaganda by way of "the crown" over the years. I am just curious of where exactly his wife fits in to this scenario.

            Now, I am curious as to the reasoning behind your question.


  10. Game of Thronesoftener says:

    “digging out the Queen’s bottom”. This was not part of the ceremony, unfortunately. Maybe next year!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Question. Why do we celebrate the Queen's birthday when England does not ?Just a question.

    • Anonymous says:

      England DOES celebrate the Queen's birthday by putting on "The Trooping of the Colour", a large military parade, at Horse Guards Parade in London. The Queen attends this event every year.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Congrats Uncle Lenny!

  13. Anonymous says:

    In the meantime more and more people end up in poverty. THEY are the real hero's of this country.


  14. Plahz Tik-Serjury says:

    Well done to all involved. 

  15. Archie Buck Dem Up says:

    Well deserved and Long time coming Mt. Lennie., congratulations.

  16. Anonymous says:

    The coronation of the Queen was Feb 6 1952 NOT IN JUNE

    The second Monday in June is chosen for the monarch's birthday parade anually to concide with the high probability of fine weather in the northern hemisphere for outdoor ceremonies.

    Notwithstanding…many congrats to the well deservig recipients!!

    • Anonymous says:

      You are wrong, or you have confused your facts. The Queen inherited the throne on the death of her father King George VI on February 6 1952. Her coronation was held in June 1953.

      • Anonymous says:

        What you have said is correct but irrelevant. The June public holiday is the official celebration of the Queen's birthday (which is actually on 21st April). It has nothing to do with her coronation. You may be confused by the fact that last year the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation was celebrated in June but there is no annual public holiday associated with it.  

  17. Whodatis says:

    "Queens", "empires" and "gongs".

    Can someone please open a window and let in some fresh 2014?!

  18. Anonymous says:

    The Birthday Honours mark the anniversary of Elizabeth becoming queen, not her own birthday….. Notwithstanding that, congratulations to everyone who has received an award this year.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wrong again, like 17.24. The Queen's birthday celebrations commemorate her "official" birthday in June, not "actual" birthday which is in April and when the weather is colder in the UK (although one can't guarantee the weather anytime in the UK!). The celebrations have absolutely nothing to do with her "becoming" queen.

      • Anonymous says:

        So how many birthdays has the English Queen actually got? I only got one.