• Short Summary

    King Baudouin of Belgium arrived at Ndjili Airport, Leopoldville, June 29 to attend Independence Day - June 30 - celebrations for the Congo Republic, formerly a Belgian colony.

  • Description

    King Baudouin of Belgium arrived at Ndjili Airport, Leopoldville, June 29 to attend Independence Day - June 30 - celebrations for the Congo Republic, formerly a Belgian colony. He was greeted by President Joseph Kasavubu, Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, and other members of the newly formed central Government.

    As he drove with President Kasavubu through the flag-bedecked streets of Leopoldville, an African dashed from the crowded road-side, snatched the King's gold handled sword from the car seat, and ran off brandishing it in the air. Police gave chase, caught and overpowered him, and later returned the sword to the Belgian monarch.

    Soon after his arrival, a treaty of friendship and financial aid was signed between the Belgian Government and the new Congolese Government. It also provides for Belgian military bases to remain for the present.

    In the Assembly of the Palais de Nation June 30, King Baudouin made a Proclamation of Independence for the new independent Congo State. He returned to Brussels the same night.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADKT0T9JLZGU4RYI9GTCV4I2M6
    Media URN:
    VLVADKT0T9JLZGU4RYI9GTCV4I2M6
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/06/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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