King Baudouin of Belgium declares independence of Congo.
Title reads 'Edition Speciale - Speciale Uitgave'.
LS. Procession of cars arriving at airfield. MS. Mr Patrice Lumumba Prime Minister of Congo and Mr Joseph Kasavubu President of Congo standing at airfield. LS. King Baudouin of Belgium descends aircraft steps and is greeted by Mr Kasavubu, Mr Lumumba and others. Various shots of King Baudouin accompanied by others meets various dignitaries. LS. King Baudouin and Mr Kasavubu driving through crowded streets in open car. MS. Belgian and Congolese Guard of Honour. Various shots of Congolese people swaying and chanting to music of drums. LS. Pan from archway to show crowd lined streets, people in tree awaiting King's arrival. MS. King Baudouin arrives at the Palais de la Nation. Various shots as King Baudouin accompanied by Mr Kasavubu enters crowded assembly and makes his way to platform. Various shots of King Baudouin addressing assembly, Congolese dignitaries looking on. MS. Mr Kasavubu addressing assembly, with shots of the audience. MS. Mr Patrice Lumumba addressing assembly. LS. Platform. MS. Section of assembly. LS. Mr Lumumba addressing assembly. LS. Platform. MS. Section of the assembly. LS. Mr Lumumba and Belgian delegate sign the Belgium / Congo treaty declaring independence of Congo. CU. Mr Lumumba signing. MS. Assembly rise to their feet applauding MS. Congolese flag flying. LS. King Baudouin in car passing through crowd lined streets. High angle shots as crowd rush along street following the King's car.
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Date found in the old record - 04/01/1960.