A grey overcast sky greeted H.R.H., The Duke of Edinburgh, as the Royal Yacht Britannia?
A grey overcast sky greeted H.R.H., The Duke of Edinburgh, as the Royal Yacht Britannia sailed into Hong Kong's famous harbour to-day.
As the Britannia moved through the approaches between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon a great fleet of official and unofficial small craft joined the procession to escort her to the centre of Victoria Harbour.
The Royal visitor was greeted with a twenty-one gun salute fired jointly by Her Majesty's Ships and the Saluting Battery of the Royal Artillery.
Clouds lifted and the sun broke through just as His Excellency, The Government of Hong Kong, Sir Robert Black, boarded the Royal Yacht to welcome His Royal Highness.
The Official party came ashore in the Royal Barge and His Royal Highness was introduced by The Governor to Lady Black, Miss Barbara Black, His Excellency, The Commander British Forces, Lieut.-Gen.Sir Edric Bastyan and Lady Bastyan and Service Chiefs.
His Royal Highness then inspected an Inter-Service Guard of Honour and later met many prominent members of the Civil Community. After the arrival ceremony The Duke of Edinburgh drove through cheering crowds in colour decorated Hong Kong streets to Government House.
Later His Royal Highness, Duke of Edinburgh attended a Garden Party in the Gardens of Government House and had informal talks with many of the two thousand guests who attended.
In the evening Prince Philip was guest of honour at a Chinese dinner given by the Leaders of the Chinese Community in Hong Kong.
The dinner was given in traditional Chinese style at the Ying King Restaurant, one of Hong Kong's most famous Chinese Establishments, in Wanchai.
H.R.H. was greeted on arrival at the Ying King Restaurant by Sir Tsun-Nin Chau, C.B.E. Sir Man Kam Lo, C.B.E. LL.D., Dr.S.N. Chau C.B.E. Before proceeding to the dinner room H.R.H. met other Leaders of the Chinese Community in Hong Kong.
Also present at the dinner was Sir Alexander Grantham, former Governor of Hong Kong.
During an after dinner speech of welcome Sir T.N. Chau presented a memento to His Royal Highness.