• Short Summary

    THE BODY OF QUEEN SALOTE WAS FLOWN HOME TO THE TONGA ISLANDS TODAY (MONDAY) FROM AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, WHERE IT LAY IN STATE FOR THREE DAYS.

  • Description

    THE BODY OF QUEEN SALOTE WAS FLOWN HOME TO THE TONGA ISLANDS TODAY (MONDAY) FROM AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, WHERE IT LAY IN STATE FOR THREE DAYS. QUEEN SALOTE WAS 65 YEARS OLD. SHE DIED SUDDENLY ON THURSDAY AFTER BEING ADMITTED TO HOSPITAL WITH A CHEST COMPLAINT AND PLEURISY.

    THE QUEEN'S BODY LAY IN STATE AT GOVERNMENT HOUSE, AUCKLAND. THE CASKET WAS LAID ON A PURPLE CLOTH AND TONGAN MATS. WHILE THE BODY LAY IN STATE SOME 3,000 PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM TONGANS IN TRADITIONAL DRESS, VISITED THE CATAFALQUE.

    THE GUARD OF HONOUR FOR THE QUEEN WAS DRAWN FROM THE NEW ZEALAND ARMY, AIR FORCE AND NAVY. IT WAS CHANGED EVERY 20 MINUTES.

    QUEEN SALOTE RULED ONE OF THE WORLD'S TINIEST KINGDOMS. SHE WAS VIRTUALLY UNKNOWN UNTIL THE 1953 CORONATION OF BRITAIN'S QUEEN ELIZABETH. THEN, MILLIONS SAW HER DRIVE THROUGH THE RAIN-DRENCHED STREETS OF LONDON IN AN OPEN CARRIAGE WHILE OTHER DIGNITARIES TRAVELLED IN CLOSED VEHICLES. PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE HAPPY, WAVING QUEEN BECAME A HIGHLIGHT OF THE CORONATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA126HM7D5MEM543M8GTNIE6AG
    Media URN:
    VLVA126HM7D5MEM543M8GTNIE6AG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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