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This year the Cayman Islands will join countless other countries in celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
On February 6th, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II first ascended the throne following the death of her father, King George the VI. Today, 70 years later, she is the longest ruling monarch in British history and the most travelled. Her historic overseas visits include two to the Cayman Islands in 1983 and 1994.
The Cayman Islands will host a series of celebrations this year to recognize Her Majesty’s seven decades of service, including public events, community happenings and moments of reflection.
The Cayman Islands will enjoy a four-day public holiday weekend: Friday 3rd June 2022–Monday 6th June 2022 (Friday and Monday being Public Holidays).
Check out the events below and keep an eye on the Event Calendar and What’s On Cayman app for more information!
Please note that venues and times for all events are still being finalised. Additional events are expected to be added as celebrations continue through 2022. Continue checking back for more updates!
Commemorative Exhibition Opens
The Cayman Islands National Museum will introduce a new commemorative exhibition in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II. Saturday, February 5th
Special Commencement at the House of Parliament
A special sitting will occur at the House of Parliament to mark the day that Her Majesty ascended the throne. This will include the inspection of an honour guard and royal salutes, a proclamation by His Excellency the Governor on the commencement of the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations and speeches by the Speaker, Premier and Leader of the Opposition. Parliament’s foyer will also feature a display of Commonwealth flags, photos of the Queen and other memorabilia. Sunday, February 6th
70 Seconds of Silence
A moment of silence will be observed across the Cayman Islands at 12.15pm to mark the date that Her Majesty ascended the throne upon the passing of her father, King George the VI, in 1952. Radio stations will remain silent and church bells will be rung. Sunday, February 6th
Commonwealth Church Service
A special Commonwealth church service will take place at St. George’s Anglican Church in George Town. Sunday, March 13th
The Commonwealth flag will be hoisted in a brief ceremony at the Government Administration Building in the morning to fly alongside the Union Jack and the Cayman Islands National Flag. Monday, March 14th
Annual Youth Parliament
The Annual Youth Parliament will open. Cayman Islands youth will “become Parliamentarians” for a day and take over the House to debate motions on two relevant local topics. Monday, March 14th
Arrival of the Queen’s Jubilee Baton
The Cayman Islands will receive the Queen’s Jubilee Baton in preparation for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in July 2022 in Birmingham, England.
Cayman Auto Show
Grand Cayman will hold an Auto Show to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. Auto enthusiasts and families alike will be able to view classic vintage cars, the latest electric supercars, trucks, motorcycles, planes, boats, service vehicles and more on display on Cayman's gorgeous waterfront in George Town. Entrance is free, however they will be collecting donations for R3 Cayman Foundation, Humane Society, Cayman Community Farms, Plastic Free Cayman and 100 Men who Care. Monday, May 16th
Queen's Jubilee: Family Afternoon Tea Party
Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with the National Gallery. Enjoy a complimentary family-friendly day of art activities, performances, and refreshments, all set in the beautiful gardens at the National Gallery. Saturday, May 21st
Due to poor weather expected over the Jubilee weekend several events have sadly been postponed. Keep checking this article for more information as it’s released.
Thursday, June 2nd
Official Lighting of the Beacons
At 2pm in Heroes Square, GT, Cayman’s local Town Crier will undertake the Proclamation announcing the lighting of the beacons later that evening.
The Official Lighting of the Beacon will be an online only event. The concert portion of the event has been cancelled. Tune in on Facebook, YouTube, Radio Cayman & CIGTV cable (Logic - Channel 23, C3 - Channel 3, Flow - Channel 106) from 7pm. The official lighting of the beacon takes place at 9.15pm.
Friday, June 3rd
POSTPONED Cayman Islands Air Show
In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the Cayman Islands Air Show returns to the skies of Cayman, this June. The programme features a lineup of world-class pilots and aerospace specialists, aerobatic demonstrations, static in-craft tours and much more! Head to Grand Cayman’s Public Beach 10am-12.30pm for optimal viewing and special events and Owen Roberts International Airport for tours and meet and greets with air show talent and professionals 2.30pm-5.30pm. Friday, June 3rd
Plant a Tree for the Jubilee
Trees will be planted across the island throughout the weekend as part of a special programme called 'The Queen’s Green Canopy: Plant a Tree for the Jubilee'. Friday, June 3rd to Sunday, June 5th
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Afternoon Tea
In celebration of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and Her Majesty’s Birthday, the Ritz-Carlton invites you to join them for an enchanting afternoon tea at Silver Palm Lounge. Indulge in an array of delightful teas, scrumptious pastries, and finger sandwiches including Jam Pennies and Traditional Treacle Tart. To reserve, please (345) 815 6912. Friday, June 3rd, 2pm-4pm
LIVE Street Food Festival
Join the Live Street Food Festival team in the heart of George Town for a world of taste, with street food from your favourite chefs, food trucks and restaurants in the Cayman Islands. The annual festival offers an eclectic selection of street food from around the world and around the way. Friday, June 3rd
Queen's Jubilee Weekend at the Cayman Turtle Centre
Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Weekend at Cayman Turtle Centre. Enjoy food and drink specials all weekend long plus live music poolside Saturday and Monday. Friday, June 3rd to Monday, June 6th
The Prim and Proper Platinum Repast
To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee Upstairs at Kaibo is offering a special British themed five-course tasting menu. Enjoy rum craft cocktails, fine wines and locally sourced dishes, served on the acclaimed Upstairs sea-view veranda. Friday, June 3rd.
Saturday, June 4th
Foster's Summer Fair
Head to George Town for the Foster's Summer Fair! Free to the public, this wonderful summer fair will feature food, games, family fun, prizes and fireworks. Absolute Queen will also be performing (free) at 8pm! VIP concert tickets are available. Saturday, June 4th
Mad Tea - The Queen's Edition
Join Anchor & Den for the Queen's Edition of their Mad Tea Party. Enjoy creative tea blends by the experts at Tea Time in Cayman, yummy scones, finger sandwiches, sweet treats, lots of bubbles, and live entertainment. Take the "Drink Me" potions and eat me cookies and transport down the rabbit hole to experience their Alice In Wonderland inspired tea party this time honoring the Queen on her birthday. Saturday, June 4th
Sunday, June 5th
Service of Thanksgiving
This Sunday, there will be a showcase of the Cayman Islands’ religious heritage with a Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen at Elmslie Memorial Church. Sunday, June 5th at 5pm
POSTPONED Wee Royal (Children’s) Tea Party
On Sunday afternoon a children’s tea party will take place at the Queen Elizabeth II Botanical Park. Families will enjoy mini cakes and treats, arts and crafts, a magic show, Maypole demonstration, and a fashion Parade (children 12 and under are encouraged to dress up to participate). There will also be food and drinks available to purchase. Admission is free. 1pm-3pm. Sunday, June 5th. More info.
Queen's Jubilee Brunch
Join Ave for a British-inspired brunch fit for royalty. Indulge in an irresistible spread of traditional British dishes, from bubble+squeak to oxtail shepherd's pie, banoffee tarts to sticky toffee pudding alongside the stunning views of Seven Mile Beach. Sunday, June 5th
Monday, June 6th
Queen’s Birthday Celebration - Parade, Garden Party & Fireworks
On the Queen’s holiday birthday, there will be a traditional parade at 5pm followed by a garden party at 6pm at Government House where the winning creation from the Platinum Jubilee cake competition will be served. This event is open to the general public.
At 8pm there will be a fireworks display on Seven Mile Beach. Prime viewing spots will be: Downtown George Town (harbour-front by Port Authority), Coral Beach, Governor’s Beach, Seven Mile Public Beach and West Bay Public Beach. Monday, June 6th
Thursday, June 9th
Cayman Youth Choir Presents Kings & Queens
Come to hear the fantastic Cayman Youth Choir sing a range of "Royal" themed songs, perfect for a Jubilee celebration! Featuring pop, jazz, soul, classic r'n'b, gospel, reggae, rock, musicals, movies and more! Thursday, June 9th
Saturday, June 18th
Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, Cayman Islands National Museum
Enjoy local food, live entertainment, music, shopping and a free visit to the Cayman Islands National Museum! There will also be the grand reveal of the Miss Annie Huldah Bodden animatronic! Saturday, June 18th
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