Britain's Queen Elizabeth ended a two-day visit to the Barbados by knighting West Indian cricket hero Garfield 'Gary' Sobers before a crowd of 50,000 in Bridgetown on Wednesday (19 February).
SV Sobers arriving at presentation, being greeted by Lady Scott and Prime Minister Barrow
SV &PULL BACK Cars arriving followed by Queen limousine
SV Barbados national flag
SV Queen taking position on dais
SV Radio commentators on stand
SV Sobers kneeling to receive knight-hood and being congratulated by Queen
SV Guard of honour watched by Sobers in crowd (2 shots)
GV Troops in slow march with rainbow in background
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Background: Britain's Queen Elizabeth ended a two-day visit to the Barbados by knighting West Indian cricket hero Garfield 'Gary' Sobers before a crowd of 50,000 in Bridgetown on Wednesday (19 February).
The 38-year-old cricketer, probably the game's greatest all-rounder, became Sir Garfield St. Auberon Sobers as the Queen laid the dubbing sword on both his shoulders before the crowd at Garrison Savannah Racecourse.
It was only the second time the Queen had bestowed a knighthood at an open-air ceremony. The first such recipient was Sir Francis Chichester. There was a huge cheer from the crowd, and later supporters engulfed Sir Garfield and his Australian-born wife, Lady Prudence, as they tried to drive away.
Sir Garfield first played for the West Indies when only 17, then went on to captain the team in some of its greatest triumphs. By the time he retired from full-time cricket he had played in more than 80 tests and held the world's highest aggregate of 7,626 runs in test cricket. While playing against Pakistan in 1958 he set the world record test score of 365 runs not out.
Sir Garfield joined Nottinghamshire Country Cricket club in 1967 and gave up the captaincy of the team in 1972.