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.