Guyana History: Royal Visit: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip to British Guiana- February1966

Featured earlier in the Guyanese Online entry of February 7, 2012  LINK 1:03

The Royal Visit of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip to British Guiana in February 1966, a few month before Independence on 26 May 1966

A short film by British Pathe of the Royal Visit to British Guiana in February 1966: 


A royal visit to welcome Guyana’s independence  

>>> A then 20-year-old reporter Claudette Earle, now a retired newspaper editor, pens her firsthand experience of the festivities during HRH Queen Elizabeth’s visit in the monumental year of 1966 just prior to Guyana gaining independence. With her permission, Guyana Times Sunday Magazine reprints a now historic event. <<<


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  • Kman  On 12/03/2020 at 7:39 pm

    f that piece was written in 1966, I tip my hat.

  • Kman  On 12/03/2020 at 7:47 pm

    I wonder if the citizens realized then or later, what their ancestors went through with the queen’s ancestors, and they still worshipped her. A travesty indeed.

  • Kman  On 12/03/2020 at 7:50 pm

    I wonder ir the people worshipping the queen, knew what she and her ancestors, had done the ancestors of the worshippers?

  • Dennis Albert  On 12/03/2020 at 10:44 pm

    “Her majesty”?

    Her great grandmother tried to enslave the freed slaves after the Dutch surrendered after the Napoleonic wars of 1812-1814.

    The PPP might refer to “Her majesty” for being brought as indentured labour from that overpopulated part of the Far East.

    • Tia Koma  On 05/28/2021 at 10:02 pm

      Her great grandmother Queen Mary, wife/consort of King George V had no power to enslave anyone. Queen Victoria who was the great great grandmother of Queen Elizabeth was not queen in 1812 or 1814 because she was born 24 May 1819 and did not become queen until June 20, 1837 which was three years after slavery was abolished on August 1, 1834.

      • Chris  On 05/29/2021 at 3:18 pm


  • fadipeb  On 12/06/2020 at 4:17 am

    All looking so stupid with infantile excitements.

    As close to Stockholm syndrome as any !!

    A monarchy that should have been run out of town with stern face is being feted with a hallelujah frenzy !!

  • brandli62  On 02/08/2021 at 5:28 am

    This is indeed an interesting time document that Cyril shared with us! It all seems so anachronistic and patronising. My questions is as follows: Why did she visit in February 1966 and not in May 1966 to see Guyana off into independence? That would have been the respectful thing to do in my humble opinion!

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