The British Virgin Islands will not host its annual parade to mark Queen Elizabeth ІІ’s birthday this year.
Instead of the usual parade, which has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be a private ceremony held at Governor Augustus Jaspert’s residence to “recognise those who are receiving medals for years of service and good conduct”.
“Interested persons who would like to view the live broadcast of the ceremony may do so by tuning in to the Government of the Virgin Islands’ Facebook page at 9 am on Friday, June 12,” the release further said.
The day will still be observed as a holiday in the territory.
During a typical parade usually held at the festival grounds in Road Town, members of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, Her Majesty’s Prison, and the Fire & Rescue Service are awarded medals for long service in 18, 25, and 30-year categories.
The parade usually attracts schools, unformed groups and organisations.
It is also the custom that Her Majesty the Queen is gifted with a pound of salt mined from the territory’s Salt Island.
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