• Short Summary

    King George II returns from exile to Athens.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Athens".

    Athens, Greece.

    L/S of motor launches speeding across Phaleron Bay, Athens. King George II (aka George of the Hellenes), Crown Prince Paul and Princess Frederica (formerly of Hanover) step ashore from a British naval launch. He is returning from exile. The King shakes hands with officials and Cabinet Minister of Tsaldaris Government. He walks past ranks of troops.

    Various shots of royal party driving along streets in Athens. They are greeted at Cathedral by two women and then Archbishop Damaskinos. Various C/Us of royal supporters outside cathedral. Royal Family stands on balcony to watch march past. Good exterior view of Athens Cathedral. Elevated shot of the march past. Parade includes Greek soldiers - the Evzones - wearing traditional costume; frilly white skirts tunics and bandanna head-dresses. C/U of King George II.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1412.06
    Media URN:
    45972
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    07/10/1946
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:23:00 / 01:04:56:00
    Canister:
    46/80

Comments (1)

  1. David Horbury says

    The 'two women' mentioned as being outside the cathedral are the King's aunts - Princess Nicholas, mother of Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; and Princess Andrew, mother of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Both women had remained in Greece throughout the German occupation and the subsequent communist attempt to take control of Athens in December 1944.

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