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Miss Belmopan is crowned as the 73rd Queen of the Bay Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 September 2018 00:00

The 220th Commemoration of the St. George’s Caye Battle was held at the Memorial Park in Belize City on Monday, September 10. Attending the ceremony were Governor General of Belize, Sir. Colville Young; Acting Prime Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber; and a host of other government officials, members of the diplomatic corps, and other invited guests.

Unlike last year’s crowning, which featured a debacle when the Queen designate as well as the runner up were crowned, this year’s crowning was smooth. Queen Aaliyah handed over the sash, cape, scepter, and crown to the Queen designate, Jenny-Lee Cruz from Belmopan.

Before the coronation, Minister Faber took to the crowd and spoke of the importance of the battle of St. George’s Caye. “After September 10th, 1798, there is no record, my friends, of the Spanish coming back to say anything about our settlement of this land. It is also easy to see why the settlers of the time found it imperative to stay and defend such a settlement. Whether you find that what happened at St. George’s Caye in 1798 was a battle or not, what is for certain is that there was a victory on that day that is worth every bit of the homage that we have paid and continue to those who decided to stay and defend. Simply put the Belizean settlers shed their blood for us. We are here because they were here. All of us here today are the inheritors of Belize and we must continue to defend Belize as our ancestors did. If we have to do as they have done, shed our blood to defend Belize, we must be prepared to do it.”

After the official ceremonies it was time to take to the streets and as has become tradition thousands of Belizeans joined in as the music boxes atop trailers swung the mood of Belizeans into merry making.

 


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