FIRST KNIGHT­HOODS AND DAME COM­MAN­DER TO BE AN­NOUNCED

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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 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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