Queen Elizabeth has declared that Britain is ready to introduce legislation giving independence to Rhodesia in which all races have a secure future.
Queen Elizabeth has declared that Britain is ready to introduce legislation giving independence to Rhodesia in which all races have a secure future. Opening the british Parliament in london on Thursday (3 November) she also pledged that Britain would play a full and co-operative role in European Common Market (EEC).
SYNOPSIS: Queen Elizabeth, who only returned to London on Wednesday (2 November) following her Jubilee Tour of the Caribbean made her speech in Westminster's House of Lords.
As always the Opening of Parliament was a big attraction for the people of London, as well as for tourists, and thousands were out hopping to catch a glimpse of the Queen and Prince Philip as they made the short journey from Buckingham Palace.
While the speech was being made inside, there was plenty of activity outside, with the Household Cavalry adding plenty of colour to the occasion. In her speech Queen Elizabeth stressed that Rhodesian Independence should be based on the British-American proposals put forward in September.
On the Common Market she said the british Government intended playing a full part in the Community, while working for policies, which fully reflected British interests. Britain would seek improvements in the Community's agricultural policy, and a major reform of it's fisheries policy. On foreign policy she said Britain would continue to contribute modern and effective forces to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and play a full part in the current studies of East-West relations, and of the alliance's defence programmes. The British Government would also continue to pursue detente with the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, but it would press for the fulfilment of the Helsinki Conference commitments on human rights by its signatories. Lasting peace in the Middle East is another British target, as is a settlement in Cyprus. Britain, she said, would continue effort to promote a more stable economic order, and maintain special efforts to help the poorest countries and the poorest people. With Parliament opened the Queen and prince Philip left Westminster, passed more cheering crowds, in the Irish State coach.