During the month of June, Saint Lucia will celebrate the 90th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Saint Lucia and Her other Realms and Territories and Head of the Commonwealth and Her unwavering commitment to a lifetime of service which has spanned sixty-five years.
We will also have our milestone event to celebrate – the 70th birthday of Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Her Majesty’s Vice Regal Representative in Saint Lucia, and her nineteen years of service.
The Office of the Governor General proposes to celebrate these two milestones at two main events – a Service of Celebration and a Charity Event.
The Service of Celebration will be held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Friday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. Her Excellency extends a special invitation to all who are able to join her for the occasion.
She welcomes in particular the recipients of National Honours – the Imperial Honours (New Year and Birthday Honours) and the Order of Saint Lucia. All are kindly requested to wear their medals and decorations.
The Charity Event – a Vintage Garden Party will be held at Government House on Sunday, July 19, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At the heart of this fund-raiser lie three core themes which have been recommended for adoption across the Commonwealth – Charity, Community and Celebration.
These themes are meant to create an opportunity for communities to maximize their fund-raising efforts to demonstrate their spirit of sharing and caring and to publicly celebrate and honour extra-ordinary commitment to service in a fun, party environment.
The proceeds of the Vintage Garden Party as well as the Collection during the Service of Celebration will support the work of local children’s charities.
Our Vintage Party is an adaptation of a Fund-raiser called the “Patron’s Lunch” which will be held at Pall Mall in London on Sunday June 12, 2016.
The Patron’s Lunch at which 10,000 persons are expected to attend is sponsored by the British firm – Marks and Spencer.