Newton Barracks, Belize---capital of British Honduras---- was the setting for a programme of folk dancing, songs and ballet performed by various racial groups of British Honduras before Princess Margaret, on Monday 5th.
Newton Barracks, Belize---capital of British Honduras---- was the setting for a programme of folk dancing, songs and ballet performed by various racial groups of British Honduras before Princess Margaret, on Monday 5th. May.
The Pakistani community, conducted by Mr. Mohammed Ali, danced an East Indian Festival Dance. This was followed by a Carib Native Dance, 'John Canoe', with three drummers, ten male dancers, six female dancers and five boys. Next on the programme was a Spanish, pageant dance, depicting a story of the Moors in Spain involving a conflict between the Sultan and the Spanish Queen Anvistela, over their respective religious views.
Ketchi Indians of Crique Sacco, comprising a string quartet, present their authentic music while heir wives performed the traditional dances. Then a Mayan group danced a ancient Harvest celebration scene, where the farmer invites his labourers and their families to his farm for a night of feasting and dancing.
There was also a Citizens parade at the barracks when many Hondurans marched in procession before Her Royal Highness. Princess Margaret drove round the parade in an open Land Rover, waving and smiling to the cheering crowds of flamboyantly dressed people.
As is customary on such occasions as a Royal visit, several Alcaldes, local chiefs, more presented with staffs of office, which symbolise their authority to carry out certain administrative duties as representatives of the Governor.
Whilst these colourful ceremonies were being performed several RAF Canberra jet bombers and a Comet aircraft flow over low. Although this added to the occasion in a spectacular manner, there was another reason for the aircrafts' presence there. Recently there have been secret talks been Mr. George Price, leader of the all-powerful People's United Party on the Island, and the representatives of the Guatemalan Government, which lays claim to British Honduras. Prior to Princess Margaret's visit to the Colony the Guatemalan Government threatened to fly military aircraft over the capital, Belize, while Her Royal Highness was there. But the fierce some sight of the RAF's roaring jet planes seem to have deterred them.
On May 7th, the Princess arrived home safely in London after a most successful tour, during which she endeared herself to the Royal inhabitants of the new West Indies Federation.