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Princess Margaret Comes to Belize

Princess Margaret Comes to Belize

Princess Margaret Comes to Belize

Princess Margaret Comes to Belize

Princess Margaret Comes to Belize
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In May of 1958 (2 May through 6 May), in one of the empire's last hurrahs, royalty visited Belize for the first time in the then colony's history. It came in the form of the Queen's sister, a vibrant young Princess Margaret, who charmed the population and had a street, Princess Margaret Drive, named after her.

In this photo the princess is shown descending the stairway at Government House to attend a state dinner hosted by the governor, Sir Colin Hardwick Thornley. The skirts of her "ladies in waiting" can be seen on the stairs behind her.

Photograph courtesy Neil Fraser              
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(12 May 1958) There was a Citizen's Procession in Belize, British Honduras, in honour of Princess Margaret's visit. The Government house was floodlit for the banquet, at which the Princess met the leading citizens of the country. The Princess then posed for the camera with the Governor, Sir Colin Thornley and his wife. Home by "Britannia", her Majesty the Queen welcomed her sister at London Airport.

More photos of her visit are here.

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