Remembering EIIR 1926 – 2022

Here we remember HM Queen Elizabeth II (21st April 1926 – 8th September 2022). Queen Elizabeth II’s historic 70 year reign marks the end of Great Britain’s longest ever reigning monarch and a truly remarkable life of service.

Queen Elizabeth II official portrait 1959
An official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II before the start of her 1959 tour, wearing the Vladimir Tiara, the Queen Victoria Jubilee Necklace, the blue Garter Riband, Badge and Garter Star and the Royal Family Orders of King George V and King George VI.
A picture of Queen Elizabeth II many of us will remember while growing up – often hung in official buildings around the world.

We take this opportunity to remember Queen Elizabeth II’s five state visits to Barbados:

  • 1st February 1966 the Queen and Prince Philip arrived by air on a BOAC VC10 via a refuelling stop at Gander, Newfoundland, Canada. From Seawell they went to Bridgetown where they transferred to HMY Britannia. The 1966 Royal Tour of the Caribbean started in: British Guiana on 4th February 1966. The Queen and Prince Philip then visited: Trinidad, Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia, Dominica, Montserrat, Antigua, St. Kitts, Nevis, British Virgin Islands (Tortola, Beef Island, Virgin Gorda), Turks and Caicos Islands (Grand Turk, South Caicos), The Bahamas (Nassau) and finished in: Jamaica on 6th March 1966.
    14th – 15th February 1966 the Queen and the Prince Philip, toured Barbados, opening Farley Hill National Park in Saint Peter and the East Coast Road amongst other events.
  • 18th – 20th February 1975. During her 1975 visit, the Queen knighted Barbadian cricketer Garfield Sobers in an open-air investiture before a crowd of 50,000 in Bridgetown.
  • 31st October – 2nd November 1977. The Queen returned for her Silver Jubilee in 1977, after addressing the new session of parliament, she departed on the Concorde, which was the Queen’s first supersonic flight.
  • 28th – 29th October 1985. In October 1985 the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Barbados as part of a tour of the Caribbean.
  • 8th – 11th March 1989. The Queen returned to Barbados in 1989, to mark the 350th anniversary of the establishment of the Barbados parliament.
Queen Elizabeth II visit to Barbados February 1966
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip driving through Bridgetown in 1966 waving to the crowds. The open top, left hand drive car used by the Queen was owned by Kiwi, Commander Norman Daysh (husband to Florence Daysh nee Smith) who lived at Thicket Great House. The car was a Blue 1963 Ford Galaxie convertible. For the Queen’s State visit Commander Daysh’s P55 number plate was swapped for the Queen’s Crown plate. Photograph from The Guardian.
Queen Elizabeth II visit to Barbados February 1966
Queen Elizabeth II visit to Barbados February 1966
Invitation to dinner with The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh on board HMY Britannia on Tuesday 15th February 1966 at 8pm addressed to my grandmother Mrs. A deC Boyce, Hillington, Golf Club Road.
Queen Elizabeth II visit to Barbados February 1977
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip wave as a Concorde plane flies by the Royal Yacht Britannia as the couple neared Barbados during their Silver Jubilee Tour in 1977. Photograph is from the Independent 14 September 2022 – In pictures: Queen Elizabeth II’s travels around the globe.

Some magnificent and historic photographs of Queen Elizabeth II’s visits to Barbados in 1975 and 1977 can be seen seen on Craig Burleigh’s website: Barbados Island Life.

Below is a feed from Barbados Island Life showcasing Queen Elizabeth II’s visits to Barbados in 1975 and 1977 where Craig Burleigh was one of the official press photographers. Scroll down within the feed to see Craig’s photographs of Queen Elizabeth II:

Craig Burleigh is an American born, Bajan bred, San Francisco Bay Area based professional photographer. He grew up on Rockley Beach and at Lamming’s St. Joseph and later on at Edgecliff, St. John. Craig was honoured to photograph Queen Elizabeth II during her visits to Barbados in 1975 and during her Silver Jubilee tour in 1977 when she returned to England on her first flight on Concorde. He has been scanning his back-catalogue of Barbados photographs from the 1970s and is sharing them on his website: Barbados Island Life.

Below is the British Pathe News travelogue of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip’s Royal Tour of the Caribbean in February 1966. This rich and detailed Technicolor travelogue was the only film authorised by Buckingham Palace. The destinations on this five week long tour included: British Guiana; Trinidad and Tobago; Grenada; St. Vincent; Barbados; St. Lucia; Dominica; Montserrat; Antigua; St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla; Tortola (Virgin Islands); the Bahamas; Jamaica. 1966 Crown ©

Travelogue has been set to starts at the Queen and Prince Philip’s arrival in Barbados aboard HMY Britannia at position 10:02. It shows: visit to UWI College of Arts and Science, Trafalgar Square inspection of the Barbados Regiment, visit to QEII Hospital, opening of Farley Hill National Park and opening of the East Coast Road before moving onto Soufriere, St. Lucia at position 12:24.

Below is a recently converted home movie reel from Shaun English and his Grandad’s collection of home videos. “Reel 12 – Royal visits to Barbados” has historical footage of Royal visits to Barbados from 1964 to 1970.

The Queen and Prince Philip’s Royal visit to Barbados in February 1966 starts at position 5:27 and ends at 9:32. Also covered is the: Queen Mother’s visit in March 1964, Prince Philip’s visit in November 1964, Princess Alice’s visit in January 1966, HIM Haile Selassie’s visit in April 1966 and Prince Charles’s visit in November 1970.

Heather Percy (Emtage) shared a home movie made by her father Charles Emtage of Concorde G-BOAE in 1977. This home movie was only discovered a week or so before Queen Elizabeth II died and has not yet been digitally converted, so it is a film of a film recorded on an iPhone from the family’s old movie projector. You may want to mute your sound when watching this video.

Charles Emtage was the owner of Emtage Electric and NASSCO. He was a friend of Errol Barrow, a member of the Barbados Flying Club and the Barbados Defence Force. This home movie was filmed from the tarmac of Grantley Adams International Airport. It shows Concorde G-BOAE landing at the Grantley Adams International Airport on 31st October 1977 and departing as the Royal Flight on 2nd November 1977 with Queen Elizabeth II on board at the end of her Silver Jubilee Tour to the Caribbean.

Additional photographs of arrival of Concorde G-BOAE on 31st October 1977 and departure as the Royal Flight on 2nd November 1977 can be seen above and on photographer Craig Burleigh’s website Barbados Island Life.

Rest in peace:
HM Queen Elizabeth II (21st April 1926 – 8th September 2022)
and HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (10th June 1921 – 9th April 2021).

1 thought on “Remembering EIIR 1926 – 2022”

  1. Her contribution to the empowerment of women in her reign is immeasurable.
    Hail the Queen.
    Long last her memory and Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense!!

    [Added by editor: “Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense” is the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter. It is usually translated as “shame on anyone who thinks evil of it”]

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