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    A British Royal Air Force VC-10 carrying the body of President William Tubman of Liberia left London's Heathrow Airport on Sunday (July 25) for the Liberian capital of Monrovia where he will be given a state funeral.

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    A British Royal Air Force VC-10 carrying the body of President William Tubman of Liberia left London's Heathrow Airport on Sunday (July 25) for the Liberian capital of Monrovia where he will be given a state funeral. President Tubman died in a London hospital on Friday (23 July) following an operation. He had been Head of State in Liberia for 28 years.

    Amongst those at the Airport was British Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home. About 50 people, including the late President's widow, Mrs. Antoinette Tubman, boarded the jet aircraft which had been placed at the disposal of the Liberian authorities by Britain.

    SYNOPSIS: The body of President William Tubman of Liberia was solemnly borne to a Royal Air Force VC-10 at London's Heathrow Airport on Sunday. President Tubman, aged 75, had died in a London hospital on Friday following an operation.

    There were Many diplomats at the Airport. There also were the President's widow and his son, Mr. John Tubman together with Mr. J. Dudley Larence, the Liberian Ambassador in London, President Tubman, whose body was being returned home where there will be a state funeral, had been Liberian Head of State for 28 years.

    Britain's Foreign Secretary was amongst the diplomats who had come to pay their respects at the Airport. The VC-10, which was to fly the body and mourners to Monrovia, the Liberian Capital, had been placed at the disposal of the Liberian authorities by Britain.

    Mrs. Antoinette Tubman, the President's widow, boarded the aircraft to accompany her husband's body home to Liberia, a country formed in 1822 for the resettlement of former Negro slaves from America. President Tubman became well known for his "open door" policy in a country known for the "Flags of Convenience" of its ships.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEGAF7O4PEJZGSPL7RD8OSBP1C
    Media URN:
    VLVAEGAF7O4PEJZGSPL7RD8OSBP1C
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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