Jamaican Independence Celebrations, 1962

Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon, representing the Queen, granted Independence to the British Colony of Jamaica on this day in 1962. The country became a dominion and still retains Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.

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Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon arrived in Kingston, and after touring the city, the Princess gave a speech to give Independence.

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The visit included a variety of glittering evening events, for which the Princess wore her Turquoise Parure, the Cartier Halo Tiara, and the Lotus Flower Tiara.

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The following day, Princess Margret (wearing the Lotus Flower Tiara and the Royal Victorian Order) and Lord Snowdon presided over the first State Opening of Jamaican Parliament, where she gave a Speech on behalf of a Queen.


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