• Short Summary

    PRINCESS ANNE, DAUGHTER OF BRITAIN'S REIGNING QUEEN ELIZABETH II, OFFICIALLY OPENED EDINBURGH'S NEW SWIMMING POOL YESTERDAY (FRIDAY).

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    SWIMMING POOL: PRINCESS ANNE DECLARES POOL OPEN: BOYS RACING AND RECEIVING COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS FROM PRINCESS: OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST DUCHKOVA DIVING: PRINCESS APPLAUDING.




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    Background: PRINCESS ANNE, DAUGHTER OF BRITAIN'S REIGNING QUEEN ELIZABETH II, OFFICIALLY OPENED EDINBURGH'S NEW SWIMMING POOL YESTERDAY (FRIDAY). THE POOL WILL BE USED FOR SWIMMING AND DIVING EVENTS DURING THIS SUMMER'S COMMONWEALTH GAMES.

    IN A SPEECH DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY, PRINCES ANNE EMPHASISED THE FACT THAT CHILDREN WERE DEVELOPING INTO STAR SWIMMERS AT AN INCREASINGLY EARLY AGE -- AND THAT THEY COULD BE CONSIDERED PAST THEIR PEAK AT THE AGE OF 19.

    AS IF TO PROVE HER POINT, THE FIRST SWIMMERS INTO THE POOL WERE YOUNG SCOTTISH COMPETITORS. THE PRINCESS, WEARING A BLUE DOUBLE-BREASTED COAT WITH BRASS BUTTONS, PRESENTED THEN WITH COMMEMORATIVE MEDALS.

    SEVERAL INTERNATIONAL STARS ALSO PUT ON A DISPLAY OF DIVING FOR THE PRINCESS. AMONG THEM WAS MILENA DUCHKOVA, THE CZECHOSLOVAKIAN DIVING STAR WHO WON A GOLD MEDAL AT THE MEXICO OLYMPICS.

    DESPITE THE OFFICIAL OPENING, THE GBP1.6 MILLION (3.9 MILLION DOLLAR) POOL HAS YET TO BE COMPLETED. WORKMEN ARE STILL BUSY BEHIND THE SCENES FINISHING THE CHANGING-ROOM ACCOMMODATION. BUT THEY HAVE PLENTY OF TIME BEFORE THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES OPEN IN THE SCOTTISH CAPITAL NEXT JULY.

    THE MAIN POOL PROVIDES EIGHT RACING LANES AND IS CONSTRUCTED TO THE REGULATION 50-METER LENGTH. THE DIVING POOL IS SEPARATE.

    AFTER COMPLETING HER OFFICIAL ENGAGEMENTS IN EDINBURGH, PRINCESS ANNE STAYED ON IN SCOTLAND FOR A PRIVATE VISIT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA554HGGOLAGX9LR5E7VHLV51VM
    Media URN:
    VLVA554HGGOLAGX9LR5E7VHLV51VM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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