• Short Summary

    The Shah of Persia and his young Empress Farah were at Teheran's Mehradbad Airport, Mar 2, to welcome Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh as they arrived in their Britannia aircraft from New Delhi.

  • Description

    The Shah of Persia and his young Empress Farah were at Teheran's Mehradbad Airport, Mar 2, to welcome Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh as they arrived in their Britannia aircraft from New Delhi.

    A bitterly cold wind blew from the snow-capped mountains across the sunlit tarmac, smiling greetings were exchanged, distant crowds cheered and bands played as the Union Jack and the red, white and green flag of Persia were flying side by side.

    After the airport ceremony, guests and hosts drove in procession to March 24 Square on the outskirts of Teheran. Here in a pavilion specifically erected for the occasion, the Queen received the key to the city from the Mayor.

    At this point the Queen and the Shah changed into a horse-drawn gold and glass coach for the rest of the drive into the city, passing over hundreds of carpets which had been laid across the road. A second coach carried the Duke of Edinburgh and the Empress Farah. Two troops of lancers of the Imperial Guard escorted the coaches.

    Huge crowds had come to Statue Square to cheer the Royal visitors, but in Teheran, more than anywhere else on the Queen's tour, security precautions were very noticeable. Apart from the usual motorcycle escort, there were police patrol cars, infantry with fixed bayonets in open vehicles, and the Shah's bodyguard with submachine-guns in large open cars.

    The Royal guests are staying at the Golestan Palace in the heart of the city, one of several palaces in Teheran. A complete new wing has been added to the tall, old yellow-brick building for the use of the Queen and the Duke.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3IMRGFK12A0MIXJ0ITTTRGDXH
    Media URN:
    VLVA3IMRGFK12A0MIXJ0ITTTRGDXH
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:09:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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