Hundreds of heavily mackintoshed and umbrellaed Londoners waited in Leicester Square to greet the Queen this evening.
Hundreds of heavily mackintoshed and umbrellaed Londoners waited in Leicester Square to greet the Queen this evening. She and Prince Philip were attending the Royal fil performance at the Odeon Theatre. The party included Princess Alexandra of Kent.
If the crowd was then by normal standards, it was hardy, for the rain had not eased in the one and a half hours before the performance began.
The Film chosen was M.G.M.'s "Les Girls". The Cinematograph Trade Benevolent Fund will benefit by GBP21,500 from the occasion.
When she arrived the Queen was received on the pavement by Mr Peter hall, the general manager. In the foyer she received a welcome from Lord Rank, president of the Benevolent Fund. He presented to her Mr Ralph Brombead, chairman of the Fund, and Sir Philip Warter, its trustee.
Bouquets were presented to the Queen by Sarah More, aged four, daughter of Mr and Mrs Kenneth More, and to Princess Alexandra by Yvonne Adley, also aged four, daughter of Mr and Mrs John adley.
Before seeing the film 15 trade personalities were presented to the Queen. She had a special word for Mr Cecil B. DeMille, the famous American producer. Others presented included Mr Langley Merritt, a former projectionist, manager and exhibitor, who is a fund beneficiary, and a member of the Cinema Veterans; and Mr Joseph Rogers, 85, a former stage carpenter and model maker, who is a permanent resident at one of the Fund's rest homes.
On her arrival in the Royal box, the Queen was greeted with fanfare by State trumpeters from the Life Guards. She looked radiant in a white evening gown glittering with silver sequins and a double white fox fur. She wore an emerald tiara and a large emerald pendant with emerald earrings and carried a silver sequined evening bag.
"Les Girls" was preceded by a stage presentation "Meet the Movie Makers". In this 13 international artists took part.