Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: Marked By Flower Display
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth 11’s ascendency to the throne, is an affair that will be celebrated in the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth realms.
Here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines the celebration began with the royal visit of the Earl and Countess of Wessex, February 25, 2012, and continued with a Royal Queen’s Jubilee Flower Show and Tea Party held on May 4th,5th and 6th at the Government House, under the patronage of His Excellency Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantynne.
The Show was a showpiece of the flora and fauna of our this country arranged by a variety of well known Vincentian florists, and Co-ordinated by Flower Show chairperson, Ms. Flora Gunn.
The celebration also featured entertainment provided by local musicians, poets and dancers.
Celebrating with flowers
In the opening ceremony on Friday May 4, at which His Lordship Bishop Leopold Friday offered a prayer and blessed the display, Mrs. Gunn welcomed invited guests and expressed that, “it is Indeed an honour to have others join us in celebrating and paying homage to the greenery of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.” She explained that the group of women on the Flower show committee “Worked tirelessly in the last three days to ensure a spectacular feast for the eyes."
The showing featured a variety of Vincentian flowers from orchids and anthuriums to heliconias and more, with the spectacle and centrepiece being a large crown replica built by the Imagination Mas Band and decorated with flowers by members of the Flower Show Committee.
Eye on the Gardens
Queen’s Jubilee Celebration Committee Chairperson, Rene Baptiste, expressed her joy to see the hard work of Gunn and the entire team paying off so beautifully. She disclosed that the proceeds of the Tea Party will be put towards the Jubilee Legacy project, a charity which has been set up in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in honour of the celebrations. All of the flowers used in the exhibition were also locally grown and donated and Baptiste expressed that these donations “underscore the vital community spirit of our island.”
Governor General Sir Frederick Ballantyne officially declared the flower show open and commended the Committee on a job well done. He also explained that the donations will be used to help in refurbishing the Botanial Gardens, one of the crowning jewels of our heritage, and which will mark its 250th anniversary in 2015.
Restoration work at the Gardens is already under way and Sir Frederick encouraged Vincentians, especially private business entities, to make donations to this investment in our national history.
Following his remarks, the Governor General and Mrs. Gunn lead a tour of the flower show, after which guest indulged themselves in the tea party. Among those providing entertainment were poet Debra Providence, Cuban pianist Denny Robinson Tavera and the La Gracia Dance Company.
The next event scheduled in the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations is the Beacon Event on June 4th 2012.
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by Karissa Clarke