Funeral service and flashback through the life of Queen Elisabeth of the Belgians.
Unissued / Unused material -
Two MS's of flags at half mast on buildings. GV's of small crowds waiting on pavements along early morning deserted streets of Brussels. CU Belgian newspapers announcing the death of Queen Elisabeth. Three GV's of large churches or Cathedrals in Brussels. MS Of Prince Leopold and King Baudouin paying homage before the coffin of Queen Elizabeth as it lies in state. VS Of the coffin being taken in the early hours of the morning from the chapel to the Palace in Brussels, the coffin is carried in a car escorted by four horsemen, several cut aways to the silent crowds and troops lining the route. MS Pan with pall bearers carrying the coffin up the grand staircase to the Grand Hall of Honour at the Palace. VS Of the lying in state at the Grand Hall of the Palace, shots of the long queue of people waiting to enter the palace and scenes in the hall as people file past the open coffin. VS Of the preparations at the palace just prior to the funeral procession moving off to the Cathedral, scenes of Archbishop blessing the coffin, troops lining up in front of Palace, representatives and members of the government arriving before the Palace for the funeral. VS Of the funeral, procession through the streets towards the Cathedral, the procession is led by a priest after which comes the coffin drawn by a contingent of troops and followed by the mourners who walk behind the coffin. CU's of the mourners who include Leopold, Baudouin, Ex-King Umberto, Jean of Luxembourg. Prince Albert, Prince Alexander, Duke of Bavaria, Olav of Norway, Prince Victor Emmanuel. MS's from library of Queen Elisabeth attending opening of an exhibition not long before she died. VS Of the funeral procession making its way through Brussels towards the Cathedral. MS Flashback from library of Queen Elisabeth driving through crowd lined streets and unveiling an equestrian statue. VS Of the arrival of the cortege at the Cathedral of St. Michel, and of the carrying of the coffin into the Cathedral. VS Int, of the funeral service in the Cathedral which is conducted by Monseigneur Suenens, with several CU's of some of the mourners including Baudouin, Fabiola, Leopold, Prince Albert, Princess Paola, Princess Beatrix, King Olav, and members of the Belgian govt. VS From library of Queen Elizabeth meeting foreign heads of state inc. Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito and also opening an Archaeological centre, also various shots of her during her visits to China where she meets Chairman Mao and to Africa where she is holding an African bay and visiting an African village. VS Of the coffin travelling through the streets in a motor hearse to a church where a further service takes place attended by representatives of old soldiers organisations and members of her family. Various stills of Elisabeth when she was young during the first world war.
(F.G.) Old record suggests that material dates from around 01/12/1965.