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.
LV Plane taxies in
SV Princess Alexandra down steps of plane
LV Princess Alexandra down steps, greeted by Governor-General H. E. Sir James Robertson
SV Princess greeted by Prime Minister Sir Abu Bakar Tafawa Balewa
SCU PAN..Princess and Governor-General walk from aircraft
SV Princess inspects guard-of-honour, stops to talk with member of guard
SV PAN..Princess inspects guard-of-honour
SCU PAN..Prime Minister jokes with Lady Robertson
SCU Princess meets VIP's
LV Princess car leaves airport
ANGLE SHOT..Sign 'Welcome to Lagos'
LV Princess arrives out of car
ANGLE V..Troops present arms
SV Princess greeted by municipal VIP's
LV PAN. Nigerian girl presents bouquet
SV Princess seated on dais with Governor
SV PAN..Princess towards car
LV PAN..Car leaves past crowds lining barriers
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Background: 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.