Newsfilm of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arriving in the Royal yacht Britannia at Quebec in the afternoon of June 23 was received over the transatlantic telephone cable in London only three hour later.
MS Approaching jetty.
CS Bows of boat.
MS Guards Unit.
MS Duke and Queen ashore.
MS/SV. Duke and Queen.
GV Guard of honour.
CS Queen gets into car.
CS Queen and Duke inside car.
MS Car drives away.
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Background: Newsfilm of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arriving in the Royal yacht Britannia at Quebec in the afternoon of June 23 was received over the transatlantic telephone cable in London only three hour later.
Approaching the main city of French speaking Canada in blazing sunshine the Britannia berthed at Wolfe's Cove where, just two centuries ago, the British General landed for the battle which settled Canada's future as a British dominion. Men from the "Vandous" - famous Royal 22nd Regiment - formed a guard of honour and the crowds on the Heights of Abraham gave the Queen and the Duke a tumultuous welcome.
The transmission of these events taking place in the north of the American continent to the UK, over a distance of 4,000 miles, was made possible by a device developed by engineers of the British Broadcasting Corporation: the motion picture facsimile equipment.
This device - the first to enable motion picture transmission over such distances - uses 200 scanning lines as compared with 405 employed on normal television screens. Employing a technique similar to radar, a scanning beam traverses every second frame once in eight seconds, converting light values into electrical impulses. These impulses are fed through the under-sea telephone cable as sound frequencies and translated back into light values at the receiving end.