• Short Summary

    QUEEN ELIZABETH AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH WERE GIVEN A CAREFREE, CHEERING WELCOME IN THE NORTHERN IRISH CAPITAL OF BELFAST TODAY (MONDAY).

  • Description

    QUEEN ELIZABETH AND THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH WERE GIVEN A CAREFREE, CHEERING WELCOME IN THE NORTHERN IRISH CAPITAL OF BELFAST TODAY (MONDAY). IT WAS A WELCOME WHICH CONTRASTED SHARPLY WITH THE MASSIVE SECURITY PRECAUTIONS LAID ON FOR HER TWO-DAY VISIT, ALTHOUGH THERE WERE TWO INCIDENTS WHICH COULD HAVE HAD MORE SERIOUS EFFECTS.

    HUNDREDS OF AUXILIARY AND REGULAR POLICE HAD BEEN DRAFTED INTO THE CITY IN CASE THE FEUD BETWEEN CATHOLIC AND PROTESTANT EXTREMISTS SHOULD FLARE-UP DURING THE QUEEN'S VISIT. BUT THE RECEPTION ACCORDED BYU BELFAST'S PROTESTANTS WAS WARM AND GAY. IN THE CATHOLIC AREAS IT WAS NOTICEABLY LESS ENTHUSIASTIC.

    THE TWO INCIDENTS OCCURRED DURING THE DRIVE FROM A WELCOMING LUNCH TO THE GOVERNOR'S GARDEN PARTY. A BOTTLE WAS THROWN IN THE PATH OF THE ROYAL CAR, AND SHORTLY AFTERWARDS A CHUNK OF CONCRETE ABOUT THE SIZE OF A BRICK FELL ONTO THE BONNET OF THE CAR FROM SCAFFOLDING ALONG THE PROCESSIONAL ROUTE. THERE WAS SOME EXTERIOR DAMAGE TO THE CAR, BUT THE QUEEN APPEARED NOT TO NOTICE WHAT HAD HAPPENED, AND LATER SEEMED UNRUFFLED BY THE INCIDENT. POLICE SAID ARRESTS HAD BEEN MADE IN CONNECTION WITH BOTH INCIDENTS.

    EARLIER, THE ROYAL COUPLE HAD DRIVEN TO THE HEART OF THE CITY WHERE THE QUEEN OPENED A NEW GBP2,500,000 BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER LAGGAN. THE BRIDGE IS NAMED AFTER HER.

    THE ROYAL VISIT BEGAN AGAINST THE BACKGROUND OF A NEW AND VIOLENT OUTBREAK IN THE LONG-STANDING RELIGIOUS ANTIPATHY BETWEEN THE PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC ELEMENTS IN NORTHERN IRELAND. TWO CATHOLICS HAVE DIED IN RECENT OUTBREAKS OF BOMB BLASTS AND STREET CLASHES.

    MUCH OF THE NEW BITTERNESS IN RELIGIOUS RELATIONS HAS BEEN BLAMED ON 40 YEAR-OLD PROTESTANT EXTREMIST, THE REVEREND IAN PAISLEY. AS LEADER OF THE BREAKAWAY FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH PAISLEY HAS ATTRACTED THE SUPPORT OF DIEHARD PROTESTANTS. HIS ANTI-CATHOLIC RALLIES AND PROCESSIONS HAVE BEEN MET WITH VIOLENCE. PAISLEY CLAIMS HE HAS THE BACKING OF MORE THAN HALF THE COUNTRY'S MILLION NON-CATHOLICS, AND HE OPPOSES THE GOVERNMENT POLICY OF ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION WITH THE CATHOLIC REPUBLIC OF IRELAND.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA63UN54SHKDTXFQN7SEMDCYUYK
    Media URN:
    VLVA63UN54SHKDTXFQN7SEMDCYUYK
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/07/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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