National Geographic : 1957 Nov
591 "This Is Britannia...." Prince Philip Grey one at Treacherous Bay in the Torres Strait. Early in the morning of November 10 the royal yacht, with Prince Philip conning it shoreward, was met off Port Moresby by an informal flotilla of dugout canoes, spruced up with palm fronds. With a sweeping 180° turn, the Duke brought Britannianeatly along side the dock and then went aft to welcome aboard Field Marshal Sir William Slim, Gov ernor General of Australia. Tattooed Papuans Stage a Jam Session It was a richly diverse assemblage that cheered the Duke's progress through the city streets-everyone from Brownies to plumed and tattooed Papuan chiefs whose faces were painted so stiffly in clay that they resembled Greek masks. They put on a "jam session" that lasted two days. But this was nothing compared to the bar baric splendor that awaited the Duke next day as he flew on to Lae (while Britannia sailed to Sydney for overhaul). Here were gathered representatives of nearly every tribe in Australian New Guinea (pages 586, 589).* ets the Commonwealth on Christmas Day Those near enough had walked: others had been flown down from their green fastnesses for the occasion. The imposing Mount Hagen highlanders in their towering bird of para dise headdresses and the Kukukuku bowmen seemed to be still somewhat intoxicated by their trip. They pressed eagerly around the Duke, however, and never took their eyes from him. The bush telegraph had already spread the word in pidgin English: here was "Man belong Missus Queen." It was Armistice Day, and Lae was an ap propriate place for Prince Philip to observe it. In the beautiful war cemetery where he stood that morning were buried soldiers not only from New Guinea but also from Australia and India. American war dead from this area had been taken home or to Manila. "They fought as one brotherhood," de clared Prince Philip, "and they died for the freedom of the whole world. But do not * See, in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE: "To the Land of the Head-hunters," October, 1955; and "New Guinea's Rare Birds and Stone Age Men," April, 1953, both by E. Thomas Gilliard.