• Short Summary

    King opens National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "KING AND QUEEN VISIT GREENWICH - in Admiral's Barge."

    Greenwich, London.

    King George VI (former Prince Albert, Duke of York), Queen Elizabeth (former Duchess of York, later Queen Mother) and Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) arrive to Westminster pier to embark on the Admiral's barge to visit Greenwich. Royal family on a barge with several other ships around. Huge crowds of cheering people greet the barge at Greenwich. Royal family gets into car and drives to Queen's House, the house of the historic treasure of the Royal Navy. Naval troops lined up at grounds.

    Royal family leaves the car and they are greeted by the First Lord of the Admiralty, Samuel Hoare. Queen Mary is also there, waiting for them. King, Queen and Princess Elizabeth inspect the troops. Queen is given a golden key to the Queen's House which she opens. Crowds around cheer.

    Interior - crowded Neptune Hall where King declares the National Maritime Museum open. King Queen, Princess Elizabeth and Queen Mary are given a tour around the museum.

    King, Queen Princess Elizabeth and Queen Mary leaving the building and wave to cheering crowds. They get into a car and drive off.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    919.03
    Media URN:
    13486
    Group:
    Pathe newsreels
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    29/04/1937
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:29:00 / 01:05:15:00
    Canister:
    37/34

Comments (1)

  1. maxinthebox says

    This is a truly fabulous piece of footage. Not many people know that it was The Queen\'s House which was chosen to be the symbolic venue for the \'opening\' of the National Maritime Museum with a golden key (whereabouts unknown) used by Queen Elizabeth.
    I believe, Queen Mary (the Queen Mother) had officially visited the Queen\'s House on 4 July 1935 because she was very interested in the restoration being carried out on the \'ancient monument\', which next year (2016) celebrates it\'s 400th anniversary.
    The opening of the NMM was originally planned for 1936. However, the death of George V & the subsequent abdication of Edward VIII enforced a degree of rescheduling.

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