• Short Summary

    THE TINY AFRICAN KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND GAINED IT'S INDEPENDENCE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) AFTER 65 YEARS OF BRITISH COLONIAL RULES IN A CEREMONY AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM IN MBABANE, ABOUT 50,000 JUBILANT SWAZIS WATCHED THEIR RULER. 69-YEAR-OLD KING SOBHUZA THE SECOND, RECEIVED THE CONSTITUTIONAL INSTRUMENTS OF INDEPENDENCE FROM THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, GEORGE THOMSON.

  • Description

    THE TINY AFRICAN KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND GAINED IT'S INDEPENDENCE YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) AFTER 65 YEARS OF BRITISH COLONIAL RULES IN A CEREMONY AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM IN MBABANE, ABOUT 50,000 JUBILANT SWAZIS WATCHED THEIR RULER. 69-YEAR-OLD KING SOBHUZA THE SECOND, RECEIVED THE CONSTITUTIONAL INSTRUMENTS OF INDEPENDENCE FROM THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, GEORGE THOMSON.

    AS THE KING, DRESSED IN TRADITIONAL FURS, OXEN TAILS AND FEATHERED HEADDRESS, ACCEPTED THE DOCUMENTS, FOUR THOUSAND WARRIORS OF THE ROYAL BODYGUARD BROKE INTO A CEREMONIAL DANCE.

    AFTER HIS SPEECH, IN WHICH HE PLEDGES CONTINUED FRIENDLY RELATIONS WITH BRITAIN, THE KING JOINED HIS WARRIORS, ONCE AMONG THE MOST WARLIKE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA, FOR A SPEAR-SHAKING WAR DANCE.

    BRIGHTLY-GARBED SWAZI WOMEN, INCLUDING THE KING'S FIVE DAUGHTERS SANG AND CHANTED THEIR PRAISE OF "UZIBUSE" (INDEPENDENCE).

    PRIOR TO THE ACTUAL HANDING-OVER CEREMONY, THE QUEEN'S COMMISSIONER IN SWAZILAND, SIR FRANCIS LOYD, WEARING THE TRADITIONAL PLUMED HAT AND FULL-DRESS UNIFORM MOUNTED A DAIS IN THE CENTRE OF THE ARENA, TO TAKE THE BRITISH ROYAL SALUTE FOR THE LAST TIME. HE HAS BEEN COMMISSIONER IN SWAZILAND SINCE 1964.

    TO END THE CEREMONY, KING SOBHUZA THE SECOND LOCK OF THE SAME POSITION TO REVIEW A PARADE OF HIS WARRIORS.

    THE COMMONWEALTH SECRETARY, MR. GEORGE THOMSON, WAS THE LAST-MINUTE REPLACEMENT FOR THE DUKE OF KENT, WHO WAS TO HAVE REPRESENTED THE QUEEN BUT WAS PREVENTED FROM ATTENDING BY THE DEATH OF HIS MOTHER, PRINCESS MARINA.

    KING MOSHOESHOE THE SECOND OF LESOTHO WAS THE ONLY HEAD OF STATE TO ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5R6ABU2EMDX956LR35QRXV7MA
    Media URN:
    VLVA5R6ABU2EMDX956LR35QRXV7MA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/09/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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