Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were out meeting the people of Ottawa today (Wednesday, 1 August) as leaders of 32 nations began arriving at the Canadian capital for the Commonwealth Summit Conference starting on Thursday.
GV Ottawa street, crowds lining roadside in rain
SVs Queen and Duke down steps in rain and talking to crowds (3 shots)
SV Queen talking to children, waving and smiling (2 shots)
SV Heath off aircraft and into car (4 shots)
SCU Int Heath receiving honorary diploma from against society
GV and CU conference centre (2 shots)
GV Pan Int Conference hall
SV Uganda sign on desk
VARIOUS SHOTS OF QUEEN AND DUKE MEETING CROWDS IN OTTAWA: BRITISH PRIME MINISTER HEATH OFF AIRCRAFT AND AWAY: HEATH RECEIVING SPECIAL DIPLOMA IN MUSIC: VARIOUS SHOTS OF CONFERENCE HALL.
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Background: Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were out meeting the people of Ottawa today (Wednesday, 1 August) as leaders of 32 nations began arriving at the Canadian capital for the Commonwealth Summit Conference starting on Thursday.
A rainy day did nothing to spell the warmth of the reception as the Queen and the Duke walked through crowded streets. The Queen is present as the symbolic head of the commonwealth -- even though many of the members states are now republics. She will give a banquet for the leaders and will be receiving them individually at audiences.
But one leader who may not be there is President Idi Amin of Uganda. He caused controversy yesterday by sending a last-minute message to the Queen asking for a special aircraft and Seats Guards to take him to Ottawa. The request was promptly refused by Britain.
During the nine-day conference, the leaders will be reviewing the international situation, with especial reference to the East-West detente in Europe, the Middle East and South-east Asia. They will also discuss trading developments, especially the effect of Britain's Common Market membership on her Commonwealth partners.
SYNOPSIS: Crowds in Ottawa waited to greet Queen Elizabeth -- marking her second visit to Canada in the last five Weeks. the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh walked through rainswept streets to meet the people of the city, which is currently playing host to leaders of the thirty-two nations attending the Commonwealth Summit Conference.
Though the Queen Be taking not part in the political proceedings of the Conference, she will -- as head of the Commonwealth -- be giving a banquet for the leaders and will receive them at individual audiences.
British Prime Minister Edward Heath also arrived on Wednesday. During the conference, leaders will be discussing the progress of Commonwealth trade since Mr. Heath led Britain into the Common Market. There'll also be talks on the international situation -- the East-West detente, the Middle-East, South-east Asia.
But Mr. Heath -- a keen musician -- was able to take a break from politics during his first day in Ottawa. He received a fellowship diploma from the Royal Canadian Society of Organists.
The summit will be held here at the city conference centre -- a converted railway station. But one leader who may to be there is Uganda's President Amin, whose request to the Queen for a special aircraft and guard at the summit was turned down by Britain.