what the future holds

This photo was taken in 1994 so these girls are in their 30s now. They grew up while their country transitioned to independence. Wonder what stories they would tell.

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Bye-bye

In 1994, Queen Elizabeth visited Belize for the final piece of official business of de-colonization: the removal of British troops from Belizian soil.

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marching to see the white lady

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We in Canada know what it’s like to have a queen’s head on our money, in gilt-edge picture frames in schools, government offices, etc.

watching from the rooftop

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The San Ignacio crowd waiting to see Queen Elizabeth was full of children — a special outing from their normal classroom routine.

the Queen’s stage

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Everyone in San Ignacio gathered in anticipation of seeing Queen Elizabeth. Maybe one of the humblest royal stages ever.

Queen Elizabeth goes to the jungle

While traveling in Southern Mexico in 1994 I heard the Queen was going to visit San Ignacio, a tiny town deep in the Belizian jungle and what for her would be an outpost in the empire. I was intrigued so I ventured south.

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What will follow in my posts for the next month or so are the photos from that event, in advance of the monarch’s 90th birthday on April 21st this year. For the record, I’m not a monarchist, just a traveler who likes to witness what goes on in this crazy world.

 

my salad days

photo taken by E.L.

Guatemala, early 90s. Photo taken by E.L. Where do the years go.

Ever sized up the bus driver and decided it would be safest if you sat up front?