Prime Ministers of Ceylon in London with British Royalty and British Prime Ministers

Here are some rare photographs of Prime Ministers of Ceylon with British Royalty and British Prime Ministers at Commonwealth Prime Ministers meetings in London from the 1940s to the 1960s.

The first Prime Minister of Ceylon D.S.Senanayake with King George VI at Buckingham Palace in 1949:

Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake and King Georgve VI with Commonwealth Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in London in 1949.

Prime Minister D.S.Senanayake and King Georgve VI with Commonwealth Prime Ministers of the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace in London in 1949.

The Queen with Prime Minister of Ceylon Dudley Senanayke in 1952:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake in 1952 at Buckingham Palace in London.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with Prime Minister Dudley Senanayake in 1952 at Buckingham Palace in London.

Queen Elizabeth with Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala in 1955:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala at Buckingham Palace in London in 1955.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Sir John Kotelawala at Buckingham Palace in London in 1955.

Prime Minister of Ceylon S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike at 10 Downing Street in 1956:

The Prime Minister of Ceylon S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike at 10 Downing Street with Commonwealth Prime Ministers in 1956.

The Prime Minister of Ceylon S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike at 10 Downing Street with Commonwealth Prime Ministers in 1956.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1961:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike at Buckingham Palace in London in 1961.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike at Buckingham Palace in London in 1961.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike in 1964:

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Commonwealth Leaders at Buckingham Palace in 1964.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with the Prime Minister of Ceylon Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike and Commonwealth Leaders at Buckingham Palace in 1964.

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Prince Charles invited Vernon Corea of the BBC to Buckingham Palace in 1979

His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales invited Vernon Corea to Buckingham Palace in London in the United Kingdom. Vernon Corea at the time was the BBC’s first ever Ethnic Minorities Adviser and presenter of the popular ‘London Sounds Eastern’ radio programme on BBC Radio London.

The invitation to Vernon Corea of the BBC extended by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. This was Vernon's first visit to Buckingham Palace.

The invitation to Vernon Corea of the BBC extended by HRH Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales. This was Vernon’s first visit to Buckingham Palace.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales met Vernon Corea when he was the BBC's Ethnic Minorities Advisor in 1979. The Prince of Wales spoke to Vernon about his work at the BBC.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales met Vernon Corea when he was the BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Advisor in 1979. The Prince of Wales spoke to Vernon about his work at the BBC.

CHOGM 2013 – Vernon Corea’s links with the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting will be held in Colombo in November 2013. The Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation will be playing a key role in CHOGM 2013.

The Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations

The Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales met Vernon Corea when he was the BBC's Ethnic Minorities Advisor in the 1980s.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales met Vernon Corea when he was the BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Advisor in the 1980s.

His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales will fly to Sri Lanka in November 2013 to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. This will be the second visit to Sri Lanka of the Prince of Wales.

Vernon Corea met His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales in the 1980s when he was the BBC’s first ever Ethnic Minorities Advisor.

Vernon has been involved in the world of Commonwealth Broadcasting – in 1970 he represented Sri Lanka and the Director-General of the Ceylon Broadcasting Corporation at a Commonwealth Broadcasting Conference in London. Vernon met with top broadcasters – many at Director-General level.

Vernon Corea of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation with Commonwealth Broadcasters in London in 1970.

Vernon Corea of the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation with Commonwealth Broadcasters in London in 1970.

Many Commonwealth Broadcasters from Australia to the West Indies have visited Vernon in his home at 5 Maha Nuge Gardens in Colombo.

Many Commonwealth Broadcasters have visited Vernon Corea in his home at 5 Maha Nuge Gardens in Colombo.

Many Commonwealth broadcasters have visited Vernon Corea in his home at 5 Maha Nuge Gardens in Colombo.

The Commonwealth Secretary-General His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, the Prime Minister of Great Britain David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague will all be flying to Sri Lanka in November to attend CHOGM 2013.

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, the Commonwealth Secretary General will be at CHOGM 2013

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, the Commonwealth Secretary General will be at CHOGM 2013

Vernon Corea of Radio Ceylon and Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation fame here with his brother Ambassador Ernest Corea who was Chairman of the Commonwealth Select Committee on the Media and Development.

Vernon Corea of Radio Ceylon and Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation fame here with his brother Ambassador Ernest Corea who was Chairman of the Commonwealth Select Committee on the Media and Development.

Vernon Corea’s brother, Ambassador Ernest Corea also played a key role in the Commonwealth when he was appointed Chairman on the Commonwealth Select Committee on the Media and Development in the 1980s by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Shridath Ramphal.

The visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Phillip to Ceylon in 1954

It was April 1954 and Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Phillip were visiting Ceylon for the first time as part of the Commonwealth Tour. Vernon had recently married Monica de Silva, a teacher of Uva College, Badulla in February that year. The couple came down to Colombo from Badulla to witness the Royal visit and stayed in the vicarage of St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya. Vernon’s father, the Reverend Canon Ivan Corea was Vicar of St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya in 1954. Canon Corea and his sons Vernon Corea and his wife Monica and brother Ernest stood outside the vicarage as the Royal motorcade went past St. Paul’s Church, Milagiriya. Thousands of people lined the streets to catch a glimpse of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip.

Vernon’s uncle, Sir Claude Corea and Lady Corea were introduced to Her Majesty the Queen during that visit in 1954. The Governor-General of Ceylon was Sir Oliver Goonetilleke and the Prime Minister of Ceylon in 1954 was Sir John Kotelawala.

Years later, Vernon met with the Queen’s eldest son, His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales at a reception in Buckingham Palace in London in the early 1980s when Vernon was the BBC’s first ever Ethnic Minorities Advisor. His Royal Highness, Prince Charles has also met both of Vernon’s sons – Ivan and Vernon. Ivan has also been introduced to Her Majesty the Queen on several occasions.

See some historic footage of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Phillip visiting Ceylon in April 1954.

Review of the Year – 1954:

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip visit Ceylon in 1954:

Queen Elizabeth II in Kandy – Royal visit of 1954:

Queen Elizabeth in the Hill Capital of Ceylon – Kandy in 1954:

During her visit to Sri Lanka, Her Royal Highness Highness made a historic broadcast from Radio Ceylon in Colombo in 1954. Two years later, Vernon Corea joined Radio Ceylon as a Relief Announcer in 1956.

HRH Queen Elizabeth's broadcast over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon - you can see the Radio Ceylon emblem on the microphone used by Her Majesty the Queen.

HRH Queen Elizabeth’s broadcast over the airwaves of Radio Ceylon – you can see the Radio Ceylon emblem on the microphone used by Her Majesty the Queen.

A historic photograph of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II broadcasting from Radio Ceylon in 1954 now hangs on the wall of the Sri Lanka Broasdcasting Corporation in Colombo

A historic photograph of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II broadcasting from Radio Ceylon in 1954 now hangs on the wall of the Sri Lanka Broasdcasting Corporation in Colombo.

Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, the finest radio station in Asia in 1954 - Queen Elizabeth II made a historic broadcast from the station in 1954 during the Royal visit to the Commonwealth in 1954.

Radio Ceylon/Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, the finest radio station in Asia in 1954 – Queen Elizabeth II made a historic broadcast from the station in 1954 during the Royal visit to the Commonwealth in 1954.

Meeting Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales met Vernon Corea when he was the BBC's Ethnic Minorities Advisor in the 1980s.

Vernon Corea was appointed to the senior management of the British Broadcasting Corporation in the 1980s, he was the first ever Asian to be appointed onto the wider management team. Vernon Corea was the BBC’s first ever Ethnic Minorities Advisor.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales met Vernon Corea at a reception held in Buckingham Palace in the 1980s.

He met His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales in his capacity as the BBC’s Ethnic Minorities Advisor in the 1980s – the meeting took place in Buckingham Palace. At the time Vernon was also presenting the hugely popular ‘London Sounds Eastern,’ on BBC Radio London 206. It was one of THE most popular radio programmes on BBC Local Radio. ‘London Sounds Eastern’ had a cult following and introduced Asian music to a whole new audience in the capital.

The Prince of Wales has always been interested in all things Asian. One of Vernon Corea’s prized photographs was a picture of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales seated cross legged on the floor playing a tabla – with a group of Asian tabla players in the United Kingdom.

Vernon featured tabla music on BBC Radio London’s  ‘London Sounds Eastern,’  radio programme.