COCOS ISLANDS: Respite

Bound for Ceylon after an exhausting three-month-long visit to Australia and New Zealand. Britain's globe-girdling Queen Elizabeth last week stopped to pay a brief call on one of her quietest realms: Cocos Islands, a tiny atoll lying 800 miles south of Singapore in the Indian Ocean. In happy contrast to the wildly cheering crowds that greeted her elsewhere, Elizabeth's Cocosian subjects, gathered 560 strong on Home Island, stood in dignified silence as she stepped ashore with her husband. Clad, men and women alike, in sarongs and transparent ceremonial jackets, they waved little Union Jacks and smiled shyly until the...

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