Queen Elizabeth II Leaves For Belize
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Queen Elizabeth II ended a four-day visit to this former British colony by laying a wreath Tuesday for Guyanese soldiers who died fighting for Britain during World War II.
Hundreds of Guyanese struggled to get a look at the queen at the ceremony at the Commonwealth War Memorial.
The queen and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, headed Tuesday to Belize, a former British colony in Central America and the fourth stop of her eight- nation Caribbean tour that runs until March 10.
A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said the trip to Belize means England is ready to help that small country if it’s ever threatened by its neighbor, Guatemala, which historically has claimed Belize as its territory.
The spokesperson warned, however, that this Caribbean tour could be the queen’s last unless the monarchy gets about $13 million to repair the Royal Yacht Britannia.
The yacht, staffed by 200 workers, is the form of transportation used for trips through the Caribbean region because most of the islands don’t have airports big enough to accommodate the queen’s aircraft.
After the three-day visit to Belize, the queen will go to the Cayman Islands, a British colony and the world’s biggest offshore banking center.