Britain's Princess Alexandra was warmly cheered by thousands of Africans - who had waited for hours in the rain - when she flew into Lagos Sept. 26 to make the formal Independence presentation to Nigeria on behalf of Queen Elizabeth.
Britain's Princess Alexandra was warmly cheered by thousands of Africans - who had waited for hours in the rain - when she flew into Lagos Sept. 26 to make the formal Independence presentation to Nigeria on behalf of Queen Elizabeth. Descending from her Britannia aircraft, she was greeted by the Governor-General, Sir James Robertson. Lady Robertson, and the Federal Prime Minister, Alhaji Sir Abu Bakar Tafawa Balewa. More excited cheers came when Dr. Azikiwe - to be the first Nigerian Governor-General - was presented to the Princess.
After the formal welcome, a 21-gun salute was fired and the Princess inspected a guard-of-honour of the Queen's Own Nigerian Regiment. She then drove through streets packed with waving spectators and lined with banners and triumphal arches reading: "Nigerian Independence 1960".
On arrival at Lagos town boundary for a civic ceremony, Princess Alexandra was presented with a loyal address by the Oda of Lagos, President of the City Council. The message expressed its thanks to her and said: "The next few days will be among the most significant in the history of our beloved country. We have entered the 100th year in which the British flag has flown in Lagos. In five days' time that flag will be lowered and our own will be hoisted in its place".
The Princess then drove to Government House and, despite heavy rain, she ordered the top of her landau to be lowered so that people could see her on the three-mile drive.
Independence Day for Nigeria is October 1 - although celebrations commenced the moment she arrived - when the Princess will hand over documents granting Independence to the Federal Prime Minister.