King’s House, Jamaica: Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has advised that no physical condolence books will be opened for members of the public or members of the Diplomatic Corps to sign subsequent to the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 9, 2021.
This decision has been taken in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the need to protect public health at this time.
Persons who wish to convey Condolence Messages to Her Majesty The Queen and members of The Royal Family are invited to take advantage of the online condolence facilities on the Buckingham Palace website at: www.royal.uk.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Funeral will take place on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 3pm UK time (9 am local time) in St George’s Chapel, Windsor. The Funeral Service will begin with a National Minute’s Silence at three o’clock. The service will be preceded by a ceremonial procession inside the grounds of Windsor Castle.
The plans for the funeral are in line with The Duke of Edinburgh’s personal wishes, and the occasion will recognise and celebrate The Duke’s life and his more than 70 years of service to The Queen, the UK and the Commonwealth.
In a ceremony held on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at King’s House, Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen swore in Mr. Hugh Barrington Faulkner as the new Commissioner of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) for a term of five years.
Responding to his appointment, Mr. Faulkner thanked the Governor-General for his encouragement and pledged to be guided by equity, fairness and good character in executing his responsibility.
Mr. Faulkner previously served as the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Council, and has served on several Boards and Tribunals including the Board of the Mico University College, the Toll Authority, Jamaica Mortgage Bank, Jamaica Intellectual Property Office and the Public Broadcasting Corporation of Jamaica (PBCJ).
INDECOM is a civilian-staffed state agency tasked to undertake investigations concerning actions by members of the Security Forces and other Agents of the State. The Office is a Commission of Parliament governed by the INDECOM Act which was passed in April 2010.
INDECOM is headed by a Commissioner, who is appointed by the Governor-General, after consultation with the Prime Minister and the Leader of Opposition.
Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has announced that he has suspended personal use of the insignia of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG) containing the offending image. This also follows his acknowledgement of concerns raised by citizens over the image on the medal, and the growing global rejection of the use of objects that normalize the continued degradation of people of color.
Additionally, The Governor-General has asked his Office to initiate an immediate review of all insignias and iconography associated with the Office of The Governor-General that may be considered racialized or culturally inappropriate.
The Governor-General has sent a letter to the Chancellor of the Order of St Michael and St George requesting a revision of the image used on the medal, and recommending that it be “changed to reflect an inclusive image of the shared humanity of all peoples.”
Sir Patrick has encouraged everyone to work together to build a more just and inclusive society.
The Office of The Governor-General wishes to acknowledge and address the attention being brought to the Governor-General’s Star of The Order of St. Michael and St. George.
Named in honour of two military saints, it dates back to the 19th century in commemoration of the British protectorate over the Ionian Islands and Malta. Initially intended for its inhabitants and British citizens, today the order is given to diplomats, foreign service officers, men and women who hold high office and has traditionally been worn by Governors-General across the Commonwealth.
The Star of the Order depicts St. Michael as being triumphant over Satan (a winged dragon). In light of the heightened sensitivities around the Black Lives Matter Movement and associated issues in the Global sphere undergirded by our history, it is understood how such an image can be construed to be offensive.
As such, the Office acknowledges the concerns and negative emotions that the image may have caused. Consideration is being given to the future treatment of same.
Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen has expressed heartfelt sympathy at the passing of Mrs. Shahine Robinson, Labour and Social Security Minister and Member of Parliament for St. Ann North East.
We remember Minister Robinson as a highly respected and diligent parliamentarian who had a distinguished career in public service for 19 years. She was impassioned, dedicated and displayed a genuine spirit of care in executing her duties to Jamaicans from all walks of life.
Minister Robinson was a firm believer in labour market reform and was a keen advocate for ensuring a safer working environment for all Jamaican employees under the new Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.
I join with St. Ann as we mourn the passing of a humanitarian and servant of the people.
The Governor-General is joined by Lady Allen in extending their condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.