Celebration fit for a queen
It was indeed a grand birthday celebration for the Queen of England - Queen Elizabeth II, held at the British High Commission on Trafalgar Road last Friday. Though the Queen's actual birthday is April 21, when you are the queen, you can have two birthdays, so each year, a Saturday in June is selected for a second celebration.
Specially invited guests who turned out to celebrate the 89th birthday of the longest-serving monarchy were greeted by Corporal Peter Grant from the British Army School of Bagpipes, with music and highland drumming. Coupled with Pimms cocktails and special appetisers created by Chef Adam Handling and his assistant Stephen Kerr, who flew in for the occasion, it was a grand affair.
Adding to the beautiful decor of the venue, there was also a station of red, blue and white cupcakes presented in a replica of the British flag, four food stations provided by The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, a photo booth for guests to create memories, and Bob Marley's 1977 Series III Land Rover, facilitated by ATL, which was restored to mark Marley's 70th birthday earlier this year.
The crew from the Royal Navy Ship HMS SEVERN added a naval theme to the evening's proceeding, and took pleasure in serving guests a delicious array of hor'd'oeuvres.
After the national anthems of Jamaica and Great Britain were played, British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton welcomed the audience and expressed gratitude to the sponsors.
He highlighted the continued strong bonds between both countries before being joined by Minister of National Security Peter Bunting to toast the Queen.
What better way to bring the celebration to an end than with a traditional sunset ceremony, which was performed by the crew of HMS SEVERN, supported by the bands of the Jamaica Defence Force.
Guests then moved across the venue to one of the four buffet lines to partake in the tantalising fare as the bars were kept flowing at an event that was fit for a queen.