Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | April 12, 2009
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Touring with the 'Queen'
Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

Playing the perfect role of the 1950s upper-class Jamaicans who would welcome their monarch are Nigel and Melodie Pembleton, dressed in their finery for the re-enactment of the event 'On Tour with the Queen'. - Photos by Janet Silvera


When Queen Elizabeth II took over England she was sent on a promotional tour endorsing the idea of the Commonwealth and the West Indies Federation, and who do you think escorted the monarch on her tour of Jamaica?

No other than Montego Bay's 'movie star' Ambassador Frank Pringle!

Pringle, who was aide-de-camp (ADC) to Jamaica's governor general in 1953, re-enacted the royal tour last week through the cameras of the United Kingdom's Lion TV in the company of 10 specially invited couples dressed in the couture of the era.

Come July, the four-part series 'On Tour with the Queen' which is being hosted by playwright and actor, Kwame Kwei-Armah, whose rich heritage takes him to the spice island of Grenada, will be aired on the popular Channel 4 in England to more than two million viewers.

Modern interpretation

Built on the premise of the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Commonwealth, Ambassador Pringle hosted a modern interpretation of a 1950s dinner in the Caribbean, on Saturday November 4 at the fabulous Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Hanover.

Supported by the resort's Bill Moore and his culinary team, they recreated a French menu fit for the palates of those who revelled in the glitz and glamour of the 1950s.

"There was a cocktail party at King's House during her Majesty's visit, with hundreds of persons in attendance, but of course it would be impossible to put that together again, so we opted for an intimate setting with a selected set of couples from the west," Ambassador Pringle told Outlook magazine.

But, Jamaica is just one of the many countries that 'On tour with the Queen' will make its stop. Fiji, Tongo, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Uganda, Bermuda, Yemen, Libya, Malta and Gibraltar are all being featured in this production.

The UK team also filmed Rose and Craig Town in Kingston as well as interviewing Professor Trevor Munroe.

Karlene and Peter Kellond are dressed fashionably for the taping of the show.

(From left) Ambassador Frank Pringle and host of the show 'On Tour with the Queen' and Kwame Kwei-Armah are being filmed by a cameraman of the United Kingdom's Lion Television crew on Saturday, April 4, at the Round Hill Hotel as they re-enact Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Jamaica in 1953.

Local producer of 'On tour with the Queen', Maxine Walters (left), hangs out with United Kingdom producer, Laura Warner.

Denise Dear (left) and Judy Farmer caught our attention.

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