Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visit the circus.
Olympia, London. A Royal visit to Bertram Mills' Circus in aid of Charity.
LV. Queen Elizabeth II arriving with Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Clown Percy Huxter walks forward to present Queen with bouquet of lilies of the valley and Xmas roses. SV. Percy Huxter presents bouquet and bows. LV. Percy Huxter steps back and receives programmes to present to the Duke. SV. Percy Huxter presenting souvenir programmes to the Duke. Towards. Queen and Duke walk past line up of circus performers. SV. Queen and Duke standing in royal box. Other taking their place and the lights dim. Zebras, horses and elephants troop around the main ring. Cut away to the audience. LV. Gautier's Excess Baggage act No. 20. Woman placing cases on top of one another with dog balanced on top. SV. Girl picks up 4th case, puts it on pile and dog balances on top. SV. Dog balancing on frame and swinging small dog from his mouth. SV. Large dog holding rope in mouth, pan to small dog balancing in middle of rope, and dog jumps down. LV. Girl walking up steps with another girl balanced upside down on her head. "The Four Chaludis" - item No. 16. CU. Girl walking up steps, pan up to other girl upside down and balancing stick with two balls on her feet. LV. Girl walking down other side of steps with other girl still balancing upside down on her head. SV. High-wire act "The Bob Gery Troupe". LV. Looking up "Man in the Moon" act - Frank Connelly - item No. 6. LV Tramp type clown wire-walking and shaking on tight-rope "Emilio Zavatta" - item No. 12. SV Tramp clown shaking on wire rope. LV shaking on wire rope. His feet keep on slipping and nearly falls. SV jumping up and down on tight- rope. He slips and rope goes between his legs. MV Comic act called 'The Five Talos' - lots of handstands. SV. Karl Kossmayer's unrideable mule, item 25. Man gets kicked out of arena. CU. Schoolboys laughing. SV. Pan, man trying to ride mule. He throws his feet over the neck of the mule and then falls to ground. SV. Another man comes out of audience into ring - his wife tries to pull him back. SV. Man trying to mount mule. Mule kicks him furiously and chases him out of ring. CU. Schoolboy laughing. SV. Man riding mile. He falls off at the rear. SV. Audience laughing. SV. Pan, man riding mule. He is thrown. He picks himself up, runs towards mule and knocks over trainer.
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