National Geographic : 1957 Jun
© National Geographic Society 830 Kodachromes by Alan Villiers Sultan of the Maldives, Flanked by His Palace Retinue, Parades to the Friday Mosque For beauty and serenity the isolated, sun-drenched Maldives have few peers. There are no police, no traffic, no television-and orchids bloom over many a wall. Under British protection, the islands are ruled by an independent Sultan with 93,000 subjects, virtually all Moslems. Here, dressed in a green ankle-length robe, His Highness Mohammed Farid Didi walks to prayers through the white-sand streets of Mal6, his capital and chief port. Attendants wear sarongs and turbans. Sultan's flag leads the procession.