• Short Summary

    Princess Alexandra of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth of England, attended Sept 29 a national pageant of Nigeria a Lagos, the capital, to herald the coming of the British colony's independence Oct 1.

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    Princess Alexandra of Kent, cousin of Queen Elizabeth of England, attended Sept 29 a national pageant of Nigeria a Lagos, the capital, to herald the coming of the British colony's independence Oct 1.

    Among the 20,000 spectators were the heads of delegations attending the independence celebrations. The emphasis of the pageant was on youth and the role ahead, after 60 years of British rule, in the new Nigeria - Africa's most populous nation (38 million).

    Greeting the Princess were white-robed Nigerian Federal Minister Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa and the Prime Minister of the northern region of the country, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alahaji Sir Ahmadu Bello and the last British Governor-General Sir James Robertson.

    To open the pageant, some 15,000 school children marched past the Princess - including Scouts, Guides, Junior Red Cross units and training centre students. The British national anthem resounded at the opening. For the closing: Nigeria's anthem sung for the first time at a major public event.

    Floats depicted youth leadership and features of everyday life - fishing, agriculture and retail trades. Acrobats gave a spectacular display. Princess Alexandra afterwards drove round the pageant arena - on the City racecourse - to greet the crowds.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADUJ8513WKRE3XKTC3C33RNI5N
    Media URN:
    VLVADUJ8513WKRE3XKTC3C33RNI5N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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