On May 14th, 1958 the Cayman Islands Coat of Arms was created, and the Cayman Islands started to be recognized by the UK as its own territory.
Our exciting programme is designed to create better awareness of the links, historical and current, between the Cayman Islands and the United Kingdom.
Three extensive projects have been designed to educate, celebrate and bring better awareness of who and why the Cayman Islands remains British. The first will be the commissioning of a Caymanian heritage and lineage project which will research the family links between the first settlers of the Cayman Islands and the UK. The result of this is intended to create a “county tree” clearly showing the links and heritage between Caymanians and the British today. The second will be the promotion and educational projects in the UK and the Cayman Islands around the Cayman Coat of Arms. The third and last initiative will be the promotion and educational project of our first Constitution, and how we have advanced through the last 60 years with a direct relationship with the UK.
Other aspects of the celebration will include:
Cayman Honours Programme – A partnership with Major David Rankin-Hunt, long time veteran of the Royal Household to assist on the development of a new Cayman Honours System.
Royal Crown Darby – A Partnership with Kevin Oakes to produce a Royal Crown Darby collection featuring the Cayman Islands Crest for the Jubilee celebrations.
Events – On 14 May 2018 several ‘main events’ are being considered, including a Thanksgiving service at Westminster Cathedral, attended by Royal presence and a Reception at Westminster. The scope and style of events will showcase the importance of this historic anniversary for the Cayman Islands.
Heritage Programme – Temporary member of staff Natalie Ugland, is seconded at the Offices of the West India Committee and is currently assisting with a research project around the heritage and origins of the people of the Cayman Islands.