King George VI opens Parliament and French President Vincent Auriol pays a state visit.
Full title reads: "Britain's Royal Week".
Intertitle reads: "A Parliament opens - A President Arrives. Two State occasions linked by a week in pageantry and gaiety".
London and Dover, Kent.
GV Irish state coach leaving Buckingham Palace for the State Opening of Parliament. SV Pan coach making its way round Queen Victoria's memorial. GV King's escort leaving Palace. SV Pan escort riding round memorial. MV Pan state coach driving along route. GV Back view procession going up Mall. SV Beefeaters (Yeomen of the Guard) parading outside House of Lords. CU Beefeaters. SV Dignitaries waiting outside House of Lords. SV Beefeaters marching into Lords to search vaults. GV King's escort marching towards House of Lords. SV Towards escort, marching into Lords pan with state trumpeter. SV Beefeaters guard of honour arriving. SV Gentlemen at Arms arriving. MV Gentlemen at Arms talking to ladies outside Lords. SV Kilted man arriving. SV Two Royal Bargemen standing outside Lords, carrying maces. SV Gentlemen at Arms waiting to go into Lords. GV Royal procession approaching Houses of Parliament. Guards present arms. MV People watching from balcony. LV royal procession approaching Lords, pan with coach. SV Towards and pan royal coach entering Lords.
MV Big Ben floodlit. LV Trafalgar Square floodlit. MV Fountain in Trafalgar Square floodlit. MV Admiralty Arch floodlit. MV A plaque on wall of building floodlit.
SV President Vincent Auriol waving from the SS Channel Steamer 'Arromanches'. GV Over stern of ship of French coast at Calais receding in background. LV Vampire jets flying over. SV President aboard Arromanches saluting HMS Vanguard. CU Back view President saluting. GV White cliffs of Dover, Kent. MV Arromanches steaming into Dover. CU Auriol, Robert Schumann and naval officers on board. SV Arromanches pulling alongside. SV guard of honour on quayside. SV Duke of Gloucester boarding to greet President. CU Royal West Kent standard bearer. CU Back view away from camera, Auriol, followed by Gloucester, leaving ship. SV Naval guard of honour. CU Royal West Kent soldier. MV Auriol, Gloucester and naval officer inspecting guard of honour. CU Pan soldiers of Royal West Kents. SV Auriols and Gloucester board train. MV train leaving Dover.
CU Pan King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Mother) arriving at Victoria Station. CU Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) with the Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Royal. CU General Sir Archibald Wavell and Clement Attlee. GV dignitaries lining platform. SV King and Queen waiting. CU Ernest Bevin and Chuter Ede. VS King and Queen talk with the Auriols. GV Dignitaries on platform. Auriol talking to Duchess of Gloucester. SV Robert Schumann talking to King. He shakes hands with Duchess of Gloucester. LV Elevated dignitaries on platform. Auriol talking to Attlee and Wavell. CU Auriol talking to Wavell and Attlee, walks towards and is introduced by King to Ede, walks on and shakes hands with another. LV Auriol and King shaking hands with Lord Mayor of London. CU Pan two aldermen. CU Auriol shakes hands with Air Chief Marshal Slessor and walks on to shake hands with army officer. CU Queen. LV State landau pulling up outside Victoria Station. SV Auriol and King getting into landau. MV Auriol and King getting into landau and sitting down. SV Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Mother) in landau, accompanied by Duchess of Gloucester, Madame Auriol and Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II). VS of procession. GV procession going into Buckingham Palace. LV procession going into Palace. MV Floodlights. MV Palace floodlit. (Orig.Neg. & Lav.) (Orig.B.)