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    Princess Margaret, looking cool and gay in orchid pink with a cloche petal hat, arrived here today, April 20th., for Tuesday's ceremonies inaugurating the West Indian Federation.

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    REEL ONE. The arrival of Princess Margaret at Piarco Airport, Trinidad at 10.00 hrs. on Sunday, April 20th.

    The "Brittania" taxiing in.

    Princess Margaret leaves the plane, walks down steps and is greeted by the Governor and Lady Hailes.

    Shakes hands with various other V.I.P.s - the walks to dais for Royal salute.

    Jamaica Regiment. Behind is band - the Jamaica Military Band.

    Princess Margaret inspects the guard of Honour.

    Various cut-ins on airport.

    REEL TWO. Various cut-in and crowd shots on the route from Piarco Airport to Government House.

    Cheering children line the route.

    General view of the Royal Car on the drive Government House.

    Crowds outside Government House.


    No touch down due to trouble on Sound Camera. Had to switch to silent at last moment.
    A sudden rainstorm and change of positions just before the "Brittania" came in to land made the use of the sound Camera impossible. I had to switch positions and grab the silent "Arriflex" in the last few moments.

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    Background: Princess Margaret, looking cool and gay in orchid pink with a cloche petal hat, arrived here today, April 20th., for Tuesday's ceremonies inaugurating the West Indian Federation.

    Most of the 16-mile route from Piarco airport was lined with smiling welcomes as she drove with the Governor-General and Lady Hailes to Government House. Negroes and all the other elements of Trinidad's mixed population joined in a warm-hearted greeting that seemed to belie, at least for the purposes of this symbolic occasion, the manifestations of racial tension engendered to an unusual extent by the Federal elections.

    Most of the people lining the route no doubt felt a stirring of the spiritual chord of nationhood, though this probably meant little in demonstrable terms. But they were obviously delighted to have Princess Margaret back for her second visit in three years, and she looked equally pleased to be in Trinidad.

    Trinidad has lately been having its fiercest heat for a century, and showers of rain had made the atmosphere something like a steam bath by the time the royal aircraft, the BO.A.C. Britannia, made a rather bumpy landing in an eddy of wind from the flanking range of hills.

    The overnight flight across the Atlantic had been almost entirely smooth, and this first passenger flight to Trinidad of the huge Britannia was not without its own significance for a scattered area for which federation must have been an even remoter concept without the developing links of air communication.

    At the airport and all along the route the new federal flag - white wavy lines on a background of Caribbean blue, with an orange sun in the centre - was in far greater evidence than the Union flag, and the occasion was also given of the federal emphasis by the presence of official delegations from the 10 islands.The interest of British Guinea was signified by the attendance of its Chief Minister, Dr. Jagan, and his wife.

    The Princess was received by the Governor of Trinidad and Tobago, Sir Edward Beetham. The welcoming party also included Sir Grantley Adams, the Prime Minister, Dr. Eric Williams, Chief Minister of Trinidad, and commanders of the armed services.

    There was a sea of waving flags as the party passed the spacious savannah, bright with flamboyant and other luxuriant trees, and came to Government House at the foot of the high wooded hills that dominate this city.

    After a day of rest tomorrow, there are many official engagements, of which the opening of the Federal Parliament will be the highlight. After that Princess Margaret leaves at the weekend for Tobago, British Guiana, and British Honduras.

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