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    Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in the tiny Indian Ocean colony of Mahe, in the Seychelles, on Monday, to a musical welcome from church bells and a creole band.

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    Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in the tiny Indian Ocean colony of Mahe, in the Seychelles, on Monday, to a musical welcome from church bells and a creole band.

    Despite a bomb incident on Saturday, the third in five weeks, the islanders were in relaxed holiday mood, and the visit--one of the shortest of the current Royal Tour--also proved to be one of the most successful.

    A creole band played the National anthem and the crowd broke into cheers, waving Union Jacks as the Queen walked to a waiting car for a drive to the island's new airport, which she was to open.

    After the ceremony, the Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip, toured the island. She was presented with two 6-year-old tortoises, and straw hats made form the Coco-de-Mer palm tree for Prince Edward and Prince Andrew.

    Later the Royal party sailed for Mauritius, next stop of the tour.

    SYNOPSIS: Queen Elizabeth arrives at Mahe, largest of the Seychelles Islands, in the Indian Ocean...It was to prove one of the most successful visits of the Royal Tour.

    After the National anthem, played by a creole band, the Queen and Prince Philip were driven to the new International Airport--a five-million pound development which the queen was to open...

    Then it was time for gifts--a cabinet of polished shelved, and two baby tortoises, only six years old. They're not very big yet, but they could grow into giants, like another which the Royal couple were shown. It was born during Queen Victoria's reign, and could live a hundred years more...

    Further along the road - more gifts... some to be taken home to Prince Edward and Prince Andrew. The straw hats were made from the Coco de Mer palm tree, which--like the tortoises--is typical of the Seychelles Islands.

    The Royal party saw a lot of the island during the day: from sandy beaches to granite peaks. In a remote fishing village they crossed a carpet of petals. Next year this village will not be so remote--a huge international hotel for tourists is to be built there. After that on to another musical welcome, before leaving the islands for Mauritius--the next stop on the Royal Tour.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1KM5DJZZD6J2BTPY226QW6V5K
    Media URN:
    VLVA1KM5DJZZD6J2BTPY226QW6V5K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/03/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:34:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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