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    Ducal car arrives in Fort area and Duke is greeted by Lahore Corporation officials: minaret of Badshahi Mosque in background

    Duke is conducted into first courtyard, where chikaris, pheasants and pigeons all tame, cavort and play about, and fountains play much as they did 300 years ago when this was a Mogul Princes playground

    Duke and party examining buildings in distance seen silhouetted through arch

    In the Shish Mahal, a young Moghul girl awaits the Prince in the centre of a fountain, where, if he wills, she plans to offer him a bouquet

    Close up of skilled workers repairing glass-work in walls of Shish Mahal; the old greybeard is a skilled expert, and the young man to the right is learning this almost foreign skill

    Looking through a marble-carved window as a bullock cart wends its slow way along the road. The intricacy and delicacy of this carved marble work is almost beyond comprehension

    Detail of prince and party leaving one of the ancient rooms, and watching with considerable interest, while questioning his guide, the workmen on glass repairs seen above

    Long shot of Badshahi mosque domes and m???narets in distance, framed by palm tree fronds at left

    Duke leaves Mosque, descending some newly renovated steps to his car, whereupon some confusion takes place: he was scheduled to wide in a black Cadillac limousine, but decided he wished to use an open Chevrolet immediately behind. Frantic efforts were made to remove the "Police" flag from this car and replace it by the Royal Standard, which, unfortunately would not fit the flagstaff on the Police car. Philip kept saying "It really doesn't matter", while officials kept fumbling and fussing, and he finally drives off without the Royal Standard flying at the mast.

    Crowd of eager sightseers waiting for the Duke's arrival at historic old Shalimar Gardens, as guests begin to arrive

    Guests arriving: first shot is of fashionable dressed Europeans, much as in the "old days", followed by a group of smartly-saried pakistani ladies as fountains play in the foreground

    The Ducal Party arrives, with entrance gate in far distance, and fountains and pools in foreground

    The Duke moves along a narrow walk across to a balcony in the middle of a large pool in the centre portion of the Shalimar Gardens. Here chairs and tables have been arranged for most distinguished guests: a moulvi recites a quotation from the Koran, the speech of welcome by the Mayor (copy enclosed), and a brief reply from Philip - ad libbed. The weather was threatening and, during the proceedings a few drops of rain fell and efforts were made to provide him with an umbrella, which he spurned, saying the inclement weather was more than offset by the warm welcome which the Citizens of Lahore had given him.

    Close-up of Ducks cavorting in pool, with guests seated about pool border in distance

    Radio Pakistan commentator, with his sound-man in background, speaking into microphone, as he gives an ad lib description of the event

    The pipe bend of the Sutlej Rangers, lead by a magnificent tame goat, with a blue cape bearing the insignia embroidered in gold of the unit, and horns freshly gilt for the occasion, parades to greet the Duke


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