Tuesday, January 22, 2019

King Speaks On Michael Chastanet’s Knighthood

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Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Stephenson King, says Michael Chastanet’s knighthood was based on a recommendation that was made and supported by the Queen.

Michael Chastanet is the father of Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet.

“I would imagine if the Queen understands that the gentleman is the father of the prime minister – if the Queen thought it was unethical based on the recommendations made and the raison d’etre of his knighthood, then it would have been turned down,” King asserted.

The former Saint Lucia PM noted that the older Chastanet has made a contribution to  areas including business and shipping.

“If it is in that area then certainly it is  worthwhile area for consideration,” King stated.

It was announced on December 29, 2018 that Saint Lucia’s Michael Chastanet had been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11, with the title of Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG).

“The honour bestowed on Mr. Chastanet is a tribute for outstanding achievements and contribution to business, commerce, tourism and national development,” a statement on the award said.

 It observed that the title is the third and highest accolade which Mr. Chastanet has received from Her Majesty over the last eighteen years under three different administrations here..   

Mr. Chastanet was celebrated with the title of Companion of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 2010 and prior to that, Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2001; these investitures were held at Buckingham Palace, the release observed.

It said the newly titled Sir Michael Chastanet has long described himself as an ‘Entrepreneur’. 

“He is a born businessman but Sir Michael credits tenacity and perseverance as major aspects of his success,” the release noted.

It is understood that he will travel to Buckingham Palace later this year to receive the knighthood.  

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11 COMMENTS

  1. King is trying to insult our intelligence. The Queen does not get involved in political debate. She knights based on the recommendation from the head of state of St Lucia,who was appointed by the PM. In this case it stinks of cronyism and favoritism. Why didn’t Allen defer this knighthood to his successor. Did he have to do this?? There are so many other more deserving St Lucians than this capitalist who died not give a hoot about anything but his pocket. That’s why I will never vote for this white man ever again.

  2. Yes somebody save the Queen,help her in the research department,poor lady.I dont think he deserved any of his,medals our honours.History shall clear our minds one day,its in the making.

  3. To all the silly labourites who want to spew their nasty comments, Kenny and the SLP started the honors to now Sir Michael, when he was given OBE status on 2001. Put this in your pipes and smoke!

    • Truth (falsehood) Being Told, are you saying that only labourites have the ability to think and express? You speak beautifully of the SLP when you state that they honoured Michael with OBE and that is why there was no need for Allen to practise his nepotism. You need to avoid the desperation cause you send unintended messages. Just chill.

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