• Short Summary

    On the final stages of their month-long tour of the Caribbean and parts of South America, Britain's Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips paid a three-day visit to Jamaica this week.

  • Description

    On the final stages of their month-long tour of the Caribbean and parts of South America, Britain's Princess Anne and her husband Captain Mark Phillips paid a three-day visit to Jamaica this week.

    After their arrival on Wednesday (12 December), the couple visited a school for deaf children and the greenhouse at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kingston. At one point Princess Anne was surrounded by a laughing group of youngsters at the National Children's Home -- she spent far more than her scheduled programme time with them.

    On Thursday (13 December), the Royal couple toured a polio rehabilitation centre, a hospital and industrial training centres.

    Both emerged from the tour fresh and smiling, despite temperatures in the high 80's (well into the thirties centigrade).

    Princess Anne spent some time watching polio-stricken children learning to ride, and both she and her husband spoke encouragingly to each of the children.

    At an industrial training centre, and vocational training institute in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, the Princess talked to mechanical and engineering students.

    Princess Anne and Captain Phillips also visited the Princess Margaret Hospital, named after Princess Anne's aunt -- who opened it in 1955.

    In the afternoon, the newly-married couple took time out from the official engagements to splash around in the Blue Mahoe resort hotel swimming pool, five miles from Morant Bay on Jamaica's south-east coast.

    On Thursday night, Princess Anne and Captain Phillips were guests at a dinner given in their honour by Prime Minister Michael Manley and Mrs. Manley at Jamaica House, their official residence in Kingston.

    On Friday (14 December) the couple were due to fly on to Montserrat and Antigua on the final stage of their Caribbean tour, before returning to London.

    SYNOPSIS: On their first day in the Caribbean island, the couple visited the Lister Mair-Gilbey School for the Deaf where they were greeted by the Minister of Youth and Community Development, Dr. Douglas Manley, the brother of Jamaica's Prime Minister.

    Princess Anne and captain Phillips, bronzed by the Caribbean sunshine, were shown around the school by the Headmistress, Mrs. Violet Clarks.

    The Princess showed great interest in the various displays put on by the deaf children.

    Much of her time in Jamaica was spent with underprivileged youngsters.

    After visiting the School for the Deaf, Princess Anne and Captain Phillips toured the recently-opened National Children's Home and Staff Training Centre, a project of the National Children's Home in Britain.

    At the School for the Deaf and the National Children's Home, the Royal couple were surrounded by laughing youngsters. Princess Anne upset her scheduled programme to spend more time talking with them.

    On Thursday, the honeymoon couple toured a polio rehabilitation centre, a hospital named after Princess Margaret -- Princess Anne's aunt, and industrial training centres in Jamaica's Blue Mountains.

    Princess Anne was presented with a bouquet of Jamaican flowers by one of the deaf children, July Smith. The couple were due to leave the island on Friday for Montserrat and Antigua, before flying home to London.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2L06WFM9YBYF9OYFWNHZWUMMM
    Media URN:
    VLVA2L06WFM9YBYF9OYFWNHZWUMMM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    14/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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