Guernsey Government House

Rain fails to dampen Queen's Birthday Celebration

Guernsey's Birthday Honours Recipients Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser windowThe threat of heavy rain drove Saturday's Official Queen's Birthday reception indoors for the first time in over a decade but the party still proved a great success.

Special guests this year included the Rt Hon. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP and his wife, and Lord Rowan of Oystermouth, former Archbishop of Canterbury escorted by the Dean of Guernsey, the Very Rev. Tim Barker.

The reception was also attended by three Bailiwick residents recognised in the 2018 Queen's Birthday honours list and their families: Alderney resident Rosemary James awarded the BEM for services to sport and the community of Alderney, Mrs Sarah Penney awarded a Royal Victorian Medal (Silver) for her services to the Crown as second cook at Government House, and Jurat Stephen Jones awarded an OBE for his services to charities, the community, and the Royal Court.  Sir Ian paid tribute to the extraordinary dedication and commitment they had all shown for many years alongside that of Mr Keith Robins, who was unable to attend in person, but who was awarded an MBE for his services to vulnerable young people and their families.

His Excellency also congratulated Her Majesty on her extraordinary 65 years on the throne reflecting on her role as a steadfast reference point in a turbulent and changing world. He also relayed the sincere thanks of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex for the Bailiwick's message of congratulation on the occasion of their recent wedding.