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    'We are gathered here this morning to witness the making of history in British Honduras.?

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    GV. S.O.F. Princess Margaret arriving with Governor-General. She is introduced to V.I.Ps.

    TSV. Crowd.

    GV. S.O.F. Princess and Governor on dais. National Anthem is played, camera zooms in.

    LV. Spectators.

    GV. Mr. D.R. JEFFERY Member for Public Utilities, addressing the Princess (silent).

    LV. S.O.F. Starts. "To give your name to this road........."

    S.O.F. ENDS..............to be gracious enough to declare this New Road open and to name it THE PRINCESS MARGARET DRIVE. Thank you. Applause.

    LV. Princess and party walking towards tape, she takes scissors and cuts tape. S.O.F. Applause.


    CU. Princess is presented with bouquet camera zooms back from Princess Margaret and party walk down the New Road.

    GV. Princess and Party walking down PRINCESS MARGARET DRIVE.

    Initials S-D AW/VCW

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    Background: 'We are gathered here this morning to witness the making of history in British Honduras. It is true that we have streets named after members of the Royal Family----we have Victoria. Albert and George streets, to name but a few. However, this is the first time in our history that a member of the Royal Family, and one who has already endeared herself to us, has graciously consented to have one of our roads named after her and has actually come to declare it open.'
    With these words the Honourable Mr. D.R. Jeffery, Government Member for Public Utilities, greeted Princess Margaret on Tuesday, May 6th, when she came to open the Princess Margaret Drive at Belize, British Honduras.

    This was the last but one day of her Caribbean tour and it was fitting that she should have a permanent reminder of her so successful visit to those islands. After a ceremonial drive from Government House with the Governor, through the main streets of Belize, Her Royal Highness arrived at the eastern and of the North Circular Road---which she was to rename. Accompanied by Mr. Jeffery she mounted the dais and heard the Band of the Worcestershire Regiment play the first verse of the National Anthem-----the Worcestershires were sent to British Honduras after alleged conspiracy between Mr. George Price, leader of the strong People's United Party, and representatives of the Guatemalan Government, and at severing the ties between the Colony and the British Crown.

    After his short speed of welcome and appreciation Mr. Jeffery conducted Princess Margaret to the tape that traversed the road. She cut this tape and unveiled the road sign. And so the Princess Margaret Drive was opened.

    A Ranger stepped forward and presented Princess Margaret with a bouquet.

    At about 10 a.m. Her Royal Highness walked through a lane of Rangers to her car and continued in procession to Hone Park Airstrip where she met the Chairman of British Honduras A Airways Limited, the Honourable Mr. J.W. Macmillan, O.B.E. who present the Manager of the airline, Mr. T.S. Baker, to her.

    From the airstrip Princess Margaret went to St. John's College, Landivar, where she stopped for a second time to met members of the College.

    The following day she flew to the Bahamas and then to Britain, where she arrived on Wednesday evening, 7th May. Her Majesty the Queen greeted her with an embrace and they drove to Buckingham Palace.

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