On the invitation of the Platinum Jubilee Celebration Committee, T&T President Paula-Mae Weekes recently attended the Royal Windsor Horse Show’s presentation in honour of the Queen’s Jubilee, which also featured a performance from the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra.
At the request of the Queen, the TTDF Steel Orchestra performed at a private rehearsal at Windsor Castle.
There, President Weekes met with Queen Elizabeth II and presented the Monarch with a gift from the people of Trinidad and Tobago in commemoration of her Platinum Jubilee. The gift, ‘Woman on the Bass’, was designed and produced by artist Gillian Bishop.
Queen Elizabeth and President Paula Mae Weekes
The following evening, President Weekes joined Queen Elizabeth II and other dignitaries in attending the final night of the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The equestrian extravaganza, entitled A Gallop Through History, featured 500 horses and over a thousand performers and kicked off celebrations marking the Queen’s 70-year reign.
The TTDF Steel Orchestra’s performance at the show was warmly received by Her Majesty.
At the request of Trinidad and Tobago’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Vishnu Dhanpaul, President Weekes also visited the High Commission, where she met with staff and various members of the diaspora, including fellow Bishopian, composer Dominic Le Gendre and authors Ron Ramdin and Patrice Lawrence.
Trinidad and Tobago President Paula-Mae Weekes, right, meets T&T Defence Force members before their performance at Windsor Castle recently.
Courtesy Office of the President