• Short Summary

    WESTMINSTER ABBEY, THE CHURCH WHERE BRITISH ROYALTY HAVE BEEN CROWNED, MARRIED AND BURIED, WAS CONSECRATED 900 YEARS AGO TODAY (TUESDAY).

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    WESTMINSTER ABBEY, THE CHURCH WHERE BRITISH ROYALTY HAVE BEEN CROWNED, MARRIED AND BURIED, WAS CONSECRATED 900 YEARS AGO TODAY (TUESDAY). AND BRITAIN'S ROYAL FAMILY TURNED OUT IN FORCE FOR A SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY SERVICE. QUEEN ELIZABETH, PRINCE PHILIP, PRINCE CHARLES AND PRINCESS ANNE HEADED THE ROYAL GROUP.

    OTHER MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY ATTENDING THE SERVICE INCLUDED PRINCESS MARGARET, LORD SNOWDON AND QUEEN ELIZABETH, THE QUEEN MOTHER. THE CONGREGATION WAS MADE UP OF STATESMEN, DIPLOMATS, CLERGY OF ALL DENOMINATIONS -- INCLUDING REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC AND EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCHES -- AND HUNDREDS OF MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH PUBLIC. THE DEAN OF WESTMINSTER, THE VERY REVEREND ERIC ABBOTT, GREETED QUEEN ELIZABETH AT THE ABBEY ENTRANCE. AS THE QUEEN WALKED WITH PRINCE PHILIP AND THEIR TWO OLDEST CHILDREN TO THEIR SEATS, THE NEW PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA PLAYED A SPECIAL PRELUDE THAT SIR ARTHUS BLISS HAD COMPOSED FOR THE OCCASION.

    BEFORE THE ROYAL PARTY ARRIVED, THERE WERE A SERIES OF OTHER PROCESSIONS OF OTHER IMPORTANT GUESTS INCLUDING THE ARCHBISHOPS OF CANTERBURY, YORK, WALES AND DUBLIN AND THE PRIMUS OF SCOTLAND.

    THE QUEEN LAID A BOUQUET OF RED ROSES ON THE SHRINE OF EDWARD THE CONFESSOR, WHO BUILT THE ABBEY AND ITS SURROUNDING CONCLAVE AS A MONASTERY.

    THE CEREMONIES THROUGHOUT THE SERVICE SYMBOLISED NATIONAL, RELIGIOUS AND WORLD UNITY.

    ONE OF THE TWO ROMAN CATHOLIC REPRESENTATIVE WAS THE APOSTOLIC DELEGATE, ARCHBISHOP CARDINALE. IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THE POPE'S PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE HAD ATTENDED A SERVICE AT THE ABBEY SINCE THE DEATH OF CARDINAL POLE, A 16TH CENTURY PAPAL LEGATE.

    AFTER THE SERVICE, THE ABBEY WAS COMPLETELY FLOODLIT. WESTMINSTER CITY COUNCIL PROVIDED THE MONEY TO HAVE THE PERMANENT FLOODLIGHTING EQUIPMENT INSTALLED AS AN ANNIVERSARY GIFT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6SBCLZYL8Q8KIEGAF9YD8UUA9
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SBCLZYL8Q8KIEGAF9YD8UUA9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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