Six African heads of state, representatives of more than twenty countries and thousands of Botswanan citizens paid tribute to the country's late president, Sir Seretse Khama, at a memorial service in the capital Gaborone on Thursday (24 July).
SV Duke of Kent stepping down from aircraft at Gaborone airport and greeted by British ambassador and by Botswana's new head of state Dr Masire
SV President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia arriving with his wife
SV President Nyerere of Tanzania leaving aircraft and is greeted by President Masire (2 shots)
SV & CU Nyerere and Masire talking (2 shots)
LV Coffin leaving from Gaborone Anglican Church
GV Soldiers lining route to stadium with rifles reversed (FX up 1.02) as cortege moves down Notwane Road flanked by chiefs of staff
SV Sir Seretse's three sons walking behind cortege followed by members of parliament (2 shots)
GV Cortege entering stadium
SM Military escort to cortege (FX to end) and band playing, with Masire, military chief of staff and Lady Khama on rostrum (4 shots)
SV Duke of Kent lays a wreath on coffin as crowd sings (FX) (3 shots)
Sir Seretse's relatives leaving followed by Zimbabwe Prime Minister Robert Mugabe
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Background: Six African heads of state, representatives of more than twenty countries and thousands of Botswanan citizens paid tribute to the country's late president, Sir Seretse Khama, at a memorial service in the capital Gaborone on Thursday (24 July).
SYNOPSIS: Queen Elizabeth was represented at the service by the Duke of Kent. Botswana's new president, Dr Quett Masire greeted the Duke and African heads of state including President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia.
President Nyerere of Tanzania also arrived to pay his respects. Sir Seretse's body had been lying in state for several days and his countrymen had been queuing for hours to pay their respects.
The coffin was taken from the Gaborone Anglican Church on a specially fitted Landrover to the national stadium. The cortege was preceded by a military band.
The coffin was followed by the car of the late president's family, Lady Khama and the four children, Brigadier Ian, Mrs Jacqueline Ter Har and twins Anthony and Tshekedim.
The stadium where the service was held was the same one in which, in 1966, Sir Seretse had taken over an independent Botswana from British colonial rule. The service marked the start of two days of funeral ceremonies for Sir Seretse who died of abdominal cancer on the 13th of this month.
Sir Seretse was buried on the following day (25 July) at Serowe, among his ancestors of the Bamangwato tribe in a more restricted ceremony mainly for his family, friends and national tribal leaders.