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.
GV Plane arrives
SV From left to right..Premier Lumumba, President Kasavubu and Joseph Ileo, President of Congolese Senate, waiting to greet King
SV King steps down from plane
CU King meets ministers
SV King and Kasavubu walk to guard of honour
SV King inspects guard of honour
SCU Kasavubu enters car followed by King, King places sword on seat
SV People applauding
GV & CU..King in open car
BV King and escort through street
GV Guard of honour and cars through street
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Background: 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.