• Short Summary

    CROWDS PACKED LUQA AIRPORT, MALTA, ON SATURDAY TO GET A GLIMPSE OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, HUSBAND OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, WHO FLEW IN TO TAKE PART IN THE ISLAND'S INDEPENDENCE CEREMONY.

  • Description

    CROWDS PACKED LUQA AIRPORT, MALTA, ON SATURDAY TO GET A GLIMPSE OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH, HUSBAND OF QUEEN ELIZABETH, WHO FLEW IN TO TAKE PART IN THE ISLAND'S INDEPENDENCE CEREMONY. A GUARD OF HONOUR DRAWN FROM THE RAF CONTINGENT ON MALTA WAS INSPECTED BY THE DUKE AFTER HE HAD BEEN WELCOMED BY THE GOVERNOR, PRIME MINISTER BORG OLIVER AND OFFICIALS OF THE NEW GOVERNMENT.

    AT THE TIME OF DEPARTURE FROM THE AIRPORT, THE ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD MOMENTARILY GOT OUT OF HAND AND BROKE THROUGH THE POLICE CORDON. SEVERAL SIGHTSEERS MANAGED TO SHAKE THE DUKE BY THE HAND BEFORE THE POLICE COULD CLEAR THEM AWAY.

    A LESS PLEASANT INCIDENT OCCURRED WHEN A GROUP OF LABOUR PARTY SUPPORTERS BOOED OFFICIAL CARS PASSING THE PARTY OFFICERS. STONES WERE THROWN AT ONE CAR AND IMMEDIATELY POLICE RE-ROUTED THE DUKE'S CAR. THE ITALIAN CONSUL'S CAR WAS SLOWED DOWN BY THE CROWD OF LABOUR PARTY SYMPATHISERS WHEN A YOUTH TORE OFF ITS ITALIAN FLAG. THE CONSUL GOT OUT TO ASK A POLICEMAN TO ARREST THE YOUTH WHOM THE ITALIAN OFFICIAL ACCUSED ON INSULTING HIS COUNTRY. STONES THEN BEGAN TO FLY AND POLICE MOVED IN.

    MALTA IS A SMALL GROUP OF ROCKY ISLANDS WHICH HAVE SERVED AS A MILITARY BASTION FOR MANY CENTURIES. BRITAIN HAS GOVERNED THEM SINCE 1814; SO WHEN THE BRITISH FLAG DESCENDS FOR THE LAST TIME ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER 21ST, 150 YEARS WILL HAVE PASSED. MALTA ALREADY HAS PARLIAMENTARY RULE AND A GOVERNMENT UNDER THE NATIONALIST PARTY LEADER, DR. BORG OLIVIER. THE LABOUR PARTY HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DISSATISFIED BY THE INDEPENDENCE ARRANGEMENTS, CLAIMING THAT WITH THE REMAINING CLOSE TIES WITH BRITAIN; WRITTEN INTO THE NEW CONSTITUTION, SUCH INDEPENDENCE CONSTITUTES A "SELL OUT" AND "BRITISH OCCUPATION.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7SE0F0S66CEP0VS6K0EPTUQE3
    Media URN:
    VLVA7SE0F0S66CEP0VS6K0EPTUQE3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/09/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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