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UPDATE: Sir Michael Chastanet is awarded honour at Buckingham Palace, London

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet with his dad, Sir Michael Chastanet (right)

Sir Michael Chastanet has received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom (UK) — almost six months after it was announced that he had been made a Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael (KCMG) in December 2018.

The honour was bestowed on Sir Michael for his outstanding contribution to business, commerce, and Saint Lucia’s national development.

A reception was held at the High Commission in London by High Commissioner Guy Mayers to help Sir Michael celebrate this prestigious award and achievement.

Sir Michael Chastanet was accompanied by his son and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet along with his wife and other members of his family. The event was well attended by members of the Saint Lucian diaspora in London.

Justin Moore (left) with PM Chastanet (centre)

Prime Minister Chastanet spoke about his father’s hard work and dedication to the people of Saint Lucia. He also reminded his fellow countrymen and women about his government’s commitment towards the welfare of the island.

“My government is doing it’s best for the people of Saint Lucia,” said the prime minister, who is also on a trade mission with his Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph to the UK, to source new markets for Saint Lucian products.

Sir Michael said he was pleased with the honour and went on to elaborate on how hard work and determination got him to where he is today.

“I started a very long time ago. I had to look after my siblings as I was the only one without a degree in my family,” said the sprightly 83-year-old.

“I have always called Saint Lucia home,” he added.

Guy Mayers with Mary

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21 comments

  1. Congratulations sir you have put bread on my table, I'M wondering why some saint lucians becomes so bitter not even the good things they don't acknowledge.God put hand's.

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    • They are not only bitter they are jealous and ungrateful they are all crabs in a barrel. Mr Chastanet is blessed he has more for St.Lucia and St.Lucian than the born Lucian themselves.Very ungrateful political hacks.

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  2. I may not be on point here ,neither do I wish to be politically or socially correct. From the age of six I remember shopping at stores with the name ' M & C.' or 'Valmont'.To date, the businessman still serves his country in various capacities . We need to stop politicizing our lives and learn to show appreciation for those who serve us, whether we love them or not.

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  3. Armchair Anonymous

    After reading and re-reading some of the comments (some nasty, some uplifting, some ho-hum) regarding Sir Michael Chastanet's knighthood; it is amazing that in this day and age people are still finding out about others by the "yo-dee" system, when all they need to do is go online to find out who, what, where, how, all they need to know about Sir Michael Chastanet. The man and his family (his father and brothers) gave enough of himself to better his country ... look at the reality, and bypass the politics. smh - I could never fathom ignorance, and pathetic naysayers, with nothing to bring to the table, but negligent hatred and blind spewing of repellent words.

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  4. Who cares? What has this man done to deserve being knighted? With his Mortimer Addams extra long face smh

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    • Armchair Anonymous

      Apparently "Cheeps" is ignorant of "The Business of Saint Lucia" and seems to want to remain so ... ignorant. It is quite easy to find out what Sir Michael has done to deserve his being knighted. Well, Cheeps, keep your head buried in the sand ...

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  5. I see some of you would like to know something more about Sir Michael, well let me tell
    you; Sir Mike and his brother Dr. David and myself were at St.Mary's together, we were
    and still are very close friends. I can only stay friends with someone who respects me and
    I must say, mike is the most humble individual I have ever known. He became very rich but
    never allowed his status to cloud his loyalty to his old pals. With two brothers as Doctors, one
    as a Civil Engineer, Mike was contended to work hard on his boats, and I mean hard, to make
    a few bucks. A down to earth man, great swimmer, we played Water Polo competitively and
    Mike still swims regularly. Great guy, never too big to greet an old pal, that's the type of guy
    he is. With his work ethic,I wish St. Lucia had a lot more of guys like him. The good Lord keep
    blessing you and St.Lucia and I only wish many others will likewise be blessed like you.

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    • Why didn't you invite him to come to London with you? I am wondering what he would have been like had he followed you to London in the '60s.
      You write about him in such glowing terms because you felt obliged to. Did you keep up with him while you were in London? What more can you tell us about him? Who hosted the event for him and whose money was used to pay for things? His own son said if you were to ask my father for money or medicine, he would bring you the medicine and not the money. This statement says a lot about the man and his penurious ways. For someone with such affluence and untold wealth he sure is a miser and extremely stingy like the British. Surely he could have bankrolled the whole event and fanfare and put on an ostentatious display for this special occasion honouring him. This man is such a tightwad and sponsoring this event would be something further from his mind. Congratulations to him and his family.

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  6. I wish to hear his life's story one day. Children should hear it as well.

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  7. Like it or not, whether the correct protocol was followed for such great distinction or not the man has received his title and congratulations must be in order.

    For those who have participated in the process of bestowing these awards on such people please enlighten me on the protocol that is involved before Buckingham Palace is notified.

    And for those in a position to know was the correct protocol followed in awarding Sir Michael the knighthood?

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  8. I want the majority of you all that is bashing the Prime Minister and his father to ask before you all strike. The elder Mr Chastanet has done so much for St.Lucia and St Lucian before we talk we should ask the older generation I know because I've heard it from my grand mother and mother.Ask about the Michael David Granvilass and Christine C my mom talk about them all the time. The man is a St.Lucian Icon he deserve every award and recognition given to him. Stop playing politics give him what he's worth if you do not know about the Chastanet history keep you all pie hole shut idiots.

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  9. Say what you may about this man, but you can never degrade or subtract the work he has done for St Lucians with regards to Employment. He is no politician so i want to make this abundantly clear that i am not here to defend any party or show loyalty to any party they all can rot in hell for all i care, i am simply here to say that he deserves the award if you do something good you deserve to be commended for it , i am happy for him and his family, and hopes he continues finding ways to help the country develop and to move forward. All the Best Sir Michael Chastanet.

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  10. I wish to congratulate Sir Michael Chastanet on being given a knighthood by Prince Charles in London. I was one of the sizeable crowd who attended the ceremony or after party kept for him at the High Commission in London. He spoke well and so did his son the PM. I was impressed with his verbiage and verbatim. He spoke about his love for the people of St Lucia and how he has helped many people find employment on the island.

    The ceremony was well kept and I was wondering who paid to keep this event. Was this being sponsored by the taxpayers of St Lucia or the private funds of the new Sir? I guess one can argue that he has paid his taxes and that of his many workers and so taxpayers money was being used efficiently.

    If it was taxpayers money being used then maybe this explains why there was not much food and drinks available. Normally at events like these, you would expect drinks to flow on tap and food served without mercy. Both food and drinks were rationing. The small portions that were being served must have run out quickly. The kitchen/hall from where it was being served was almost empty. I Have seen this place being filled with endless drinks and food in the past. This time there was not much. To add further to our misery the fire alarm went off and the fire brigade had to be called. The little bit of food that was being warmed up must have roasted the fire alarm and hence the commotion. The staff of the High Commission and some of its close people were NOT very friendly. Other than this the ceremony went well. I was hoping for much-cooked food and soft drinks from St Lucia but it was not to be. I was left thirsty and hungry and could not wait to get home to eat my dinner. Now I know whose funds may have been used to host this event. Other than this the HC hosted a good ceremony with lovely St Lucian music. Well Done High Commissioner.

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    • @Mozart Lucian, that's what you coming on St Lucia News Online and Post?. How hungry you were and waiting for food to fill your belly only to get small amounts, like a typical Lucian going to funerals and events counting the Hours and Minutes before food and drinks are served, so they can rush to be the first on the line to take 6 plates to carry home for their children, grand mother and Jabal. Man have some decency, stop at all the food courts available and buy your own food or cook from home, stop acting like you're dirt poor and or you're a beggar. Giving Lucians a Bad image.

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      • You are turning out to be a right ole pillock. Before you lecture me on anything, why don't you read and at least try to understand what I wrote previously? I never came to the ceremony specifically for food. I buy and cook my own food every day. I eat three lovely meals a day. I work hard and so I indulge in good food.

        I was describing the situation as I was not the only one who noticed what was lacking on Thursday night's event. It did not look good as the folks in there including myself was anticipating a Lucian night - We eat what is mainly produced here in Europe and it would have been nice to showcase some Lucian or Caribbean menus on the night- since the PM and his minister was promoting St Lucian produce in London. This would have been a great opportunity for them to show what St Lucia has on offer by way of culinary delights.
        You go on to write ". How hungry you were and waiting for food to fill your belly only to get small amounts, like a typical Lucian going to funerals and events counting the Hours and Minutes before food and drinks are served, so they can rush to be the first on the line to take 6 plates to carry home for their children, grandmother and Jabal."

        I think you are referring to yourself here mate. It's what people like you do since you have described it to a Tee. You are writing from your own experience. I can assure you that I am well looked after and well fed. This event was a lengthy one and under such circumstances people who attend events like this need to be looked after. I came in straight from work. If anyone is giving Lucians a bad name it's people like you with your crass and doltish comment. Before you criticize you must realize. Please allow some common decency to flow through every pore of your unrefined and inelegant little self. Stop being unfastidious and hasty. Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.

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        • we don't need to know of your experience, keep your jack and Jill, Mozart and the bean stalk story to your puny self, Mr high and mighty, Mr intelligent, seems it should have been you getting knighted for talking shit and acting like a female on her period, go head Sir Mozart panty shield, come let me knight you with some period blood down your throat you scum bag. Since your only form and way of defending your self is to play internet bad man, lets get it on i can do this all day. douche

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    • drop dead.

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  11. Continue enjoying the spending the people money

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  12. Congratulations Sir. Micheal.

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    • Like it or not, whether the correct protocol was followed for such great distinction or not the man has received his title and congratulations must be in order.

      For those who have participated in the process of bestowing these awards on such people please enlighten me on the protocol that is involved before Buckingham Palace is notified.

      And for those in a position to know was the correct protocol followed in awarding Sir Michael the knighthood?

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