Princess Margaret and her husband, Mr. Antony Armstrong-Jones, received a tumultuous welcome when they arrived?
Princess Margaret and her husband, Mr. Antony Armstrong-Jones, received a tumultuous welcome when they arrived May 20 at Port of Spain, Trinidad, from Tobago. Ships in the harbour were gaily beflagged and blew their sirens continuously as the Royal Yacht 'Britannia' berthed at Queen's Wharf.
Before coming ashore for the people's welcome, Princess Margaret and her husband received an official welcome from the Governor-General of Trinidad, and his wife, Lord and Lady Hailes; The Governor of Trinidad and Tobago and his wife, Sir Edward and Lady Beetham; Dr. Eric Williams, Chief Minister of Trinidad and Tobago; Sir Grantly Adams, Prime Minister of the West Indies Federation.
Waiting impatiently on the quayside, thousands of happy West Indians found it impossible to remain stationary as the many steel drum bands throbbed out their calypsos of welcome, many specially composed in the honeymooning couple's honour.
As the Princess and Mr Armstrong-Jones drove through the streets to spend an informal day at the Governor-General's residence, they were greeted with a happy informality. Later that same evening they were guests of Sir Edward Beetham at Government House. There they were entertained by many well-known calypso bands and dancers -- many of whom the Princess had met before on an earliest West Indies tour.
Following the entertainment, the newly-weds danced the night away in an atmosphere of carefree happiness.