Princess Margaret


My father, Christopher Lam, was many things in his 83 years of life; a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a salesman, a manager; his life contained much I do not know, and much I have forgotten.  Among the things that he did, he was once something of a photographer.  And there was one image which he was proud of, because of some uniqueness to it.

The year was 1958, my dad would have been 21 years old when Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, visited British Guiana as part of the Royal Tour of the West Indies.  A controversial figure, her visit was anticipated by her royal subjects, and the streets were flooded with people everywhere she went.

There were/are many photos of her visit, as expected of a royal visit, and many were published in the press and printed as souvenirs; my father also printed copies of one of his to sell as souvenirs.  My dad was quite proud of his, not just because it was a good photograph, but because, in his words and opinion, it was unique.  From every country and every tour that Princess Margaret did, even from images seen in the English press, whenever she was photographed, she would greet the crowds with a wave of her gloved hand.  In my dad’s photograph, she was gloveless.  It seems a small thing, but my dad says it was a big deal.  I’m sure there were other photos of her waving gloveless, but dad says he never saw one, and neither have I.

Princess Margaret - British Guiana by Christopher Lam
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon © Christopher George Lam, 1958

I decided to snap a photo of his, to share with you, as something of a photographer myself, I share in his joy regarding the photograph, and share it with you to see.  I regret not doing this earlier, my dad died three weeks ago, having lived a full life, having loved and been loved, and leaving behind many memories, and children and grandchildren to remember him.


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