In March 1972, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II visited Mauritius and this was one big event for the country. This event gathered so many Mauritians and was announced 6 months before hand. A living souvenir for many to see the Queen visiting the country and people gathered in mass at different regions of the country announcing the Queen’s tour.
Accompanied, we can also see Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam, the Prime Minister of the time and considered as the ‘Father of the Nation’, who brought Independance to the country. Sir Seewoosaguar Ramgoolam was born in September 1900 and passed away in December 1985 at the age of 85 years.
An extract of the Mauritian Times back then:
Last October the Queen’s visit was announced by the BIS. Since then Mauritius had been seen on Television many times. Two weeks before the visit there was as programme on the country.
Wherever the Queen had been, viewers followed the Royal visit on T.V. When leaving Seychelles, Mauritians’ hearts, here, began to beat with joy for Mauritius was her next destination.
In one day we saw Her Majesty and our country four times on T.V. First on early news, then at nine, ten and late news.
Last Saturday (1st April) there was a special programme entitled “The Royal Progress in the sun”. Then also we saw it and to round off all, B.B.C. 2 in “News Review” showed the last and complete film of the visit.
We saw the Queen at the harbour, at the opening of parliament, at the University, at the Municipality, at the Sugar Estate, at the National Park overlooking the forest, at Curepipe and on a road crowded on both sides with people and decorated with many flags.
Everywhere she went, it was shown, she received warm welcome and the hailings “VIVE LA REINE”. In the park our Prime Minister was clearly seen. There was also mention of the state of emergency and the car in which the Queen was travelling was laid open(the top)for the occasion.
The camera crew which covered the visit proudly said – “The Queen enjoyed herself very much on that Sugar Island in the Sun”.
The hearts of many Mauritians in the U.K. throbbed with joy. They had something to talk about to their English friend about their beautiful country, about its people.
The greatest reigning sovereign of the world has visited their tiny but extremely beautiful island which is now independent and making its voice heard in the comity of nations.
Mauritians speak of their mother country with nostalgic pride. Long live Mauritius.”
Some other views of the event: