First ever Knighthood and Dame Commander to be announced

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2016-02-19 08_51_20-Saint Lucia 34th Independence Day ceremony and parade (2013) - YouTubePRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia will, for the first time, award the title of Knight Commander or Dame Commander to its citizens. The awards will be announced at the Independence Parade, scheduled for the Mindoo Phillip Park on Monday, February 22, 2016.

Her Majesty the Queen has graciously agreed that Saint Lucia may proceed to award its own Knighthoods under its National Honours and Awards Act, Cap. 17.08, as amended by Act No. 18 of 2015.

The Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Order of Saint Lucia “may be awarded to any person who has rendered exceptional and outstanding service of national importance to Saint Lucia.”

The award of Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Order of Saint Lucia may be granted to “no more than 3 persons every two years.” The number of living persons who receive these awards “shall not exceed 20 at any one time.”

According to the Schedule to the Act that establishes the Order, “A person to whom the Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Order of Saint Lucia is awarded is entitled to have the use of the prefix ‘Sir’ or ‘Dame’ before his or her name immediately on publication of the award in the Gazette, if he or she is a citizen of Saint Lucia.”

Each recipient is also entitled to “have the letters ‘KCSL’ or ‘DCSL’ placed after his or her name on all occasions when the use of such letters is customary.”

These awards to do not replace the Knighthood conferred by Her Majesty every five years in honour of Her Birthday, or the New Year Honours, as the case may be.

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2 comments

  1. We will now realize Independence is not just raising a falg and singing a national anthem. We have to show a maturity and commitment for good governance and citizens must be respected by those we elect to govern.
    People are not patriotic because of the devisive politics and undermining of our nation that is going on.
    Independence when the European Union Ambassadors have to come here to tell us how to run law and order and Justice. they then telling our PM they will come back to see if he keeping his word and how we doing. Is that Independence

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  2. now i understand when people say saint lucia has gotten its Independence but it is still not fully independant i may be wrong but look at this look they have to ask the queen who already gave us independence many years ago if we can proceed to award our own Knighthoods.

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