• Short Summary

    THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF NORTHERN RHODESIA BECAME THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AT MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) AMID PUBLIC REJOICING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    THE BRITISH PROTECTORATE OF NORTHERN RHODESIA BECAME THE INDEPENDENT REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA AT MIDNIGHT LAST NIGHT (FRIDAY) AMID PUBLIC REJOICING THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY.

    IN LUSAKA, THE CAPITAL, YESTERDAY'S CEREMONIES INCLUDED THE GRANTING OF THE FREEDOM OF THE CITY TO THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE QUEEN, THE PRINCES ROYAL, AND TO THE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA, DR. KENNETH KAUNDA, FOLLOWING A MAYORAL PROCESSION. THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN LUSAKA'S CIVIC CENTRE.

    (MORE THAN 60 COUNTRIES ARE REPRESENTED AT THE CELEBRATIONS, WHICH CONTINUE TODAY WITH THE PRINCESS ROYAL'S HANDING OVER OF THE INSTRUMENTS OF INDEPENDENCE TO PRESIDENT KAUNDA. THE UNION JACK WAS LOWERED AND THE NEW ZAMBIA FLAG WAS RAISED ON THE CEREMONIAL FLAGPOLE IN LUSAKA LAST NIGHT AFTER 70 YEARS OF BRITISH RULE. THE ZAMBIA FLAG OF RED, BLACK, ORANGE AND GREEN IS EMBLAZONED WITH AN EAGLE. ZAMBIA, WHICH IS THREE TIMES THE SIZE OF BRITAIN, HAS A POPULATION OF ABOUT 3,500,000.

    IT IS THE 36TH INDEPENDENT AFRICAN STATE, AND 20TH WITHIN THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH. DR. KAUNDA HAS LED HIS CAMPAIGN FOR INDEPENDENCE OVER THE YEARS WITH THE SLOGAN "ZAMBIA SHALL BE FREE". ABOUT TWO HOURS BEFORE ZAMBIA BECAME INDEPENDENT THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED IT HAD REACHED AGREEMENT WITH BRITAIN IN THE DISPUTE OF THE MINERAL RIGHTS OF THE BRITISH SOUTH AFRICAN COMPANY OVER COMPENSATION, WHICH LIFTED A THREAT OF DAMAGED RELATIONS BETWEEN THE TWO COUNTRIES.)

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEL5OJPO5ALHDK5UQ1ONI49VRP
    Media URN:
    VLVAEL5OJPO5ALHDK5UQ1ONI49VRP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:50:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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