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    President Guetav Heinemann of West Germany began his State Visit to the United Kingdom on Tuesday (24 Oct).

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    SV Queen & President in coach leave Windsor Home Park accompanied by Household Cavalry (4 shots)

    SV INT. Formal procession into Windsor Castle (2 shots)

    SV President shakes hands with Princess Anne, Prince and Princess Richard of Gloucester & Duke & Duchess of Kent

    GV & SV Band plays & marches past (4 shots)

    SV & GV Queen & President taking salute (4 shots)

    BBC COMMENTATOR: "The visit by the 72-year-old President is the second by a West German head of state since the war. (music). Escorted by the Household Cavalry, the Queen accompanied President Heinemann on the carriage drive from Windsor Home Park to the Castle. From the State Entrance to the castle, the Queen and President Heinemann, joined by his wife, Frau Hilda Heinemann, and Prince Philip, walked through the grand entrance hall, and passed the ranks of Lifeguards and Yeomen of the Guards. The last West German president to pay a state visit to Britain was President Heuss in 1958, Security for today's arrival, was especially stringent in the light of the recent violence at the Munich Olympics. Its the fourth Common Market visit this year. The Heads of the Netherlands. Luxembourg were in Britain earlier, and the Queen and Prince Philip have been to France. Inside the grand vestibule, the President and his wife met Princess Anne, Prince and Princess Richard of Gloucester, and the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Outside, in the quadrangle, the mounted bands of the Blues and the Royals stood by as the Queen and her guests mounted the dais to take the salute. (music). Behind the mounted band came the King's Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery, the Household Cavalry and a detachment of mounted police. Tonight, president Heinemann and his wife are the guests of the Queen at a state banquet in Windsor Castle."

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    There is an English commentary (transcript follows) and an alternative commentary appears overleaf.

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    Background: President Guetav Heinemann of West Germany began his State Visit to the United Kingdom on Tuesday (24 Oct). It was an occasion of pomp and centuries-old ceremony. But, behind the pageantry and ranks of colourfully-clad soldiers, there was a strong security programme in force.

    Britain was taking no chances with her guests, following reports that the Black September group of Arab extremists might attempt an attack. It was suggested they would try to seize the President, or some of his entourage, to barter their lives against those of the three guerrillas held in West Germany in connection with the Olympic Games killings of Israeli athletes. One report said that a commando gang had, in fact, been smashed prior to the visit, with the aid of Israel's intelligence forces.

    The President's visit to Britain -- only the second by a West German head of state since the Second World War -- is one of a series of visits between Britain and the countries which make up the Common Market, which the UK has now joined. Already this year, Queen Elizabeth of Britain has visited France, and has received the Heads of State of the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

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