National Geographic : 1957 Nov
Beaten Track of Empire her home port in England; she was an in finitesimal dot slowly inching her way across a wasteland of water. She was, however, an important dot, a dot on which was focused the attention of a great fellowship-the British Commonwealth of Na tions. For the young naval officer was Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and his message was being beamed not only to the royal family at Sandringham but to every corner of the English-speaking world (page 596). He spoke for those exiled from home on the multifold duties of the Commonwealth, "whether Africans studying in England, In dians in Africa, Asians learning in Australia, administrators, scientists, planters, or con struction workers.... We are the solid facts beneath the words and phrases; we are the solid flesh-and-blood links which draw the Commonwealth together under the Crown." Prince Philip, because of his deep personal interest in geography and because of the edu cational and scientific nature of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, graciously granted spe cial facilities to Beverley M. Bowie, of the Magazine's Senior Editorial Staff, in preparing this article. The author was permitted to draw upon the personal diaries and reminiscences of His Royal Highness, as well as those of Vis count Cilcennin, Sir Raymond Priestley, Lt. Comdr. Michael Parker, and the officers of Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia. The photographs illustrating the Prince's globe-girdling 40,000 mile tour were taken by Commander Parker. Shown above: Prince Philip in Ceylon.