• Short Summary

    QUEEN ELIZABETH OPENED THE 1966 SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ON TUESDAY.?

  • Description

    QUEEN ELIZABETH OPENED THE 1966 SESSION OF THE PARLIAMENT OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO ON TUESDAY. THE RED HOUSE, THE PARLIAMENT BUILDING, IS AN IMPOSING NEO-CLASSICAL BUILDING IN THE CENTRE OF PORT OF SPAIN WHICH WAS OPENED WITH THE INAUGURATION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN 1848.

    IT WAS VERY MUCH A NATIONAL OCCASION. THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES SAT ON EITHER OF THE RED-CARPETED AISLE WHICH LED UP TO THE MAHOGANY ARCHED DAIS ON WHICH THE SPEAKER'S CHAIR RESTS.

    THE QUEEN ARRIVED TO A FANFARE. SHE WAS WEARING A SHEATH DRESS OF GOLD LACE EMBROIDERED WITH GOLD AND CRYSTAL, A DIAMOND NECKLACE, AND THE DIAMOND TIARRA WHICH WAS A WEDDING PRESENT FROM THE LATE QUEEN MARY.

    THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH WORE THE UNIFORM OF COLONEL-IN-CHIEF OF THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO REGIMENT.

    AS THE QUEEN WAS ABOUT TO SPEAK A SPOTLIGHT BURST SHOWERING TINY FRAGMENTS OF GLASS. THE QUEEN LOOKED UP, PAUSED FOR A MOMENT AND BEGAN TO READ.

    IN THE SPEECH, THE QUEEN PROMISED AN INTENSIFICATION OF THE PROGRAMME OF DISTRIBUTING GOVERNMENT-OWNED LAND TO APPROVED AND GENUINE FARMERS AND EFFORTS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL JOBS FOR THE RAPIDLY EXPANDING POPULATION.

    YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) THE ROYAL COUPLE TOURED SAN FERNANDO DURING AN 80-MILE (48 KMS) STATE DRIVE ROUND SOUTHERN TRINIDAD. FLAG-WAVING CHILDREN LINED THE ROUTE FOR THREE MILES (5 KMS) INTO THE TOWN , THE SECOND LARGEST IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, AND A STEEL BAND PLAYED AS THE QUEEN ARRIVED TO MEET CIVIC DIGNITARIES.

    THE STATE DRIVE TOOK THE ROYAL COUPLE THROUGH SUGAR CANE PLANTATIONS WHERE WORKERS RUSHED FROM HARVESTING TO WAVE.

    THE VISIT TO TRINIDAD ENDED IN THE EVENING WITH A DINNER ON BOARD THE ROYAL YACHT "BRITANNIA".

    TODAY THE QUEEN VISITED TOBAGO AND TOMORROW SHE ARRIVES AT GRENADA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2XTVXWL775W3APSYB6GM7DHNX
    Media URN:
    VLVA2XTVXWL775W3APSYB6GM7DHNX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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