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Prime Minister, the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, will be conferred with the Order of the Nation (ON) at an investiture ceremony to be held at King’s House on Monday, May 29, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
With the conferment, the Prime Minister will have the title of Most Honourable.
The order of ceremony will comprise a welcome address by Governor- General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Professor Kenneth Hall, after which President of the Jamaica Council of Churches, Reverend Phillip Robinson, will give the opening prayer.
This will be followed by a fanfare of trumpets after which an orator will read the instrument for the investiture of the Prime Minister as a member of the Order of the Nation. Chief Justice Lensley Wolfe will then make his remarks and the Prime Minister will then respond.
The Order of the Nation was instituted in 1973 by regulations made under the National Honours and Awards Act and is the second highest Order of the Five Societies of Honour, with the highest being the Order of National Hero.
As explained in the Directory of the Orders of the Jamaican Societies of Honour, the members of the Order are entitled to wear the Insignia of the Order, as a decoration; they should be referred to as ‘The Most Honourable’; and to use the post nominal letters “O.N.”
Prime Minister Simpson Miller’s husband, Errol Miller, is also entitled to be styled as The Most Honourable. The notification of the conferment of the Honour of the Order is published in the Jamaica Gazette.
Past and present prime ministers were first conferred with this honour in 2002.