Independence Day, 1981
(L-R) Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, Prime Minister of Belize George Price and Governor General of Belize Dame Minita Gordon, September 21, 1981, Belmopan
Rt. Hon. George Price with young supporters
Mr. Price at the Crooked Tree Lagoon
(L) Hon. John Briceno, RT. Hon. George Cadle Price, (R) Hon, Said Musa on RT. Hon. George Price's 92nd birthday
A Birthday visit from photographer, Richard Holder
Hon. George Cadle Price at his desk
Hon. George Cadle Price, 1970's
Hon. George Cadle Price in Mexico City, 1964
Hon. George Cadle Price addressing the UN
Hon. George Cadle Price as a boy
Hon. George Cadle Price as young man, 1940's
Hon. George Cadle Price at seminary
Hon. George Cadle Price and Said Musa, 2007
Newspaper after the People's United Party is formed.
Mother of Hon. George Cadle Price
Hon. George Cadle Price on a stamp
Hon. George Cadle Price walking in river
Hon. George Cadle Price at Progresso Lagoon, 1982
Hon. George Cadle Price with lady on steps
Area Rep Arceo, Chairman Marin, Hon. Price, Senor Javier, Caye Caulker Beach Reclamation, 2000
The wedding in 1913 of the parents of the Right Honorable George Cadle Price and his siblings was quite an event as covered by the Clarion Newspaper. Here is a photo of the procession after the wedding, and the newspaper clippings describing the event. Posted with the permission of Mrs. Alice Craig Castillo and her family. Ms. Alice, as everyone calls her, is one of their granddaughters. I absolutely love this. The author perfectly described the atmosphere and the attire. I can visualize the bride’s dress and hear the shouts of laughter and stamping feet of the soldiers as they ran down Queen Street with the carriage. What great fun!
The Right Honourable George Cadle Price
TOP PHOTO: With him is Glen Godfrey, very prominent cabinet minister. This was sometime in the 80s can't say when. But it was a big political event, several hundred people went to meet him at the airport and the big crowd walked him to the Lions Den for the speeches.
The Right Honourable George Cadle Price passed away yesterday at 6:30am. Belize lost one of its Greatest, RIP Hon. George Cadle Price.
The Right Honourable George Cadle Price, who was born on January 15, 1919, was the first Prime Minister of Belize and is considered one of the principal architects of the country's independence, and is referred to by many as the Father of the Nation. Born in Belize City to William and Irene Price née Escalante, he entered politics in 1947 with his election to the Belize City Council. Three years later, on September 29, 1950, he co-founded the People's United Party, which he led for four decades and which was devoted to the political and economic independence of the British colony, then known as British Honduras.
Price was never educated further than St. John's College High School (SJC did not have a sixth form until the 1960s.) While there, however, he was exposed to the teachings of Catholic social justice, in particular the encyclical Rerum Novarum. Upon graduation Price was hired by local businessman Robert Sidney Turton as his private secretary. He also rallied a few SJC graduates, some of them later members of the PUP, to contest elections in 1944 and 1947 for the local Town Board, being successful in 1947. Price also contributed to the Belize Billboard, then run by Phillip Goldson.
Price, upon the formation of the PC in 1950, was named its Assistant Secretary, and in a famous speech later that year claimed that "National Unity" propelled the PC's actions. With the formation of the PUP, Price's stature rose and he ascended through the party ranks until he became Party Leader following a leadership dispute in 1956.
Elected to the colony's Legislative Council in 1954, he also served as mayor of Belize City from 1956 to 1962. In 1956, Price became also Party Leader of the PUP. As First Minister, a post he held since 1961, he led the team which began negotiations over independence with Great Britain. He maintained that post as Premier in 1964.
In 1981 Belize gained its independence, and Price served as the country's first prime minister and foreign minister until 1984. After the PUP's defeat in the elections by the United Democratic Party under Manuel Esquivel, he resumed the post of prime minister in 1989, serving until 1993, when he was again replaced by Esquivel.
In 1982, Price became a member of the United Kingdom's Privy Council. In October 1996 he announced his resignation as party leader, and on November 10, 1996 was formally succeeded by Said Musa.
In September 2000, Price became the first person to receive Belize's highest honour, the Order of National Hero, for the prominent role he played in leading his country to independence. He received similar honours in other Caribbean and Central American countries.
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