At the Australian War Memorial in Canberra this morning, large crowds awaited the arrival of Princess Marina of Kent who was to place a wreath on the Memorial.
Crowd at Memorial
Marina lays wreath
Walks up & waves
Marina out & down steps
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Marina at Book
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Marina in & Paltridge
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Walk to building
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Background: At the Australian War Memorial in Canberra this morning, large crowds awaited the arrival of Princess Marina of Kent who was to place a wreath on the Memorial.
Princess Marina placed the wreath of pink and cream flowers on the stone of remembrance. With the wreath was a plain white card with a simple inscription - "In remembrance - Marina."
On her way to the Australian War Memorial, Princess Marina had driven past a cheering crowd of school-children. The easy informality of that occasion persisted at the War Memorial.
The weather was brisk and windy - as it has been for the most of the two days Princess Marina has spent in Canberra. After walking through the buildings and grounds of the Memorial, the Princess signed the Visitors' Book.
Her entry in the Book was written in a strong flowing hand.
The next duty for Princess Marina was the official opening of the New Defence Department building at Russell Hill. There, the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Menzies, and Dame Patti Menzies met the Princess.
As the Royal Standard was broken out the crowd stood and the many servicemen present saluted. The Prime Minister introduced Princess Marina and apologised for the wind.
Princess Marina spoke of her great regret that she had never visited Australia before. She paid tribute to the Australian characteristics."
Princess Marina then declared the building officially open and with the Minister for Defence, Senator Paltridge, and Sir Robert and Dame Patti Menzies, Her Royal Highness entered the four storeyed white marble building.
The building is one of two which will eventually flank the Australian-American War Memorial at Russell Hill.