• Short Summary

    The Royal Navy draw the gun carriage bearing the coffin of King George VI.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Naval Record of the Funeral of King George VI - Produced by Associated British-Pathe for the Admiralty." There is a number in the bottom left corner of the title - 3556.

    Panning shot of the Houses of Parliament. High angle shot of the body of King George VI being taken from the Palace of Westminster. Shots of the coffin being carried then lifted onto the naval gun carriage are intercut with C/U and M/S of members of the public who have come to watch events. The royal family are seen leaving the Palace of Westminster. The funeral cortege begins its journey to St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.

    Various shots of the funeral procession and of the crowds who line the route filmed from various camera positions. Members of the forces are seen in the procession. Military music on the soundtrack.

    Narrator speaks of the funeral of Queen Victoria and of how the horses drawing the gun carriage became "restive". A naval guard of honour took over using improvised drag ropes. Since then it has been the privilege of the Royal Navy to draw the gun carriage at the funeral of the sovereign.

    Prince Philip and Edward, Duke of Windsor are seen following the coffin along with other dignitaries and members of the military. A marching band passes by the camera as do other military personnel including Men of the Household Cavalry in ceremonial dress.

    The narrator describes the naval protocol of the funeral. When going through narrow gateways the guns crew have to alter their formation. The narrator describes how this is done. The funeral cortege arrives at Paddington Station.

    The King's body arrives at Windsor railway station. Various shots of the funeral procession and of the crowds who line the route. High angle shot of the procession arriving at Windsor Castle.

    The narrator speaks of the fact that ever since the funeral of Queen Victoria, the crew of HMS Excellent have provided the naval guns crew at Windsor.

    Band of the Scots Guard (?) pipe the coffin in through the Castle gates. Procession arrives at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. M/S of the bishop (?) and clergymen who will perform the funeral service.

    Military men march towards the Chapel. The naval guns crew march past the coffin as it is carried into the chapel as naval whistles are blown. Film is faded out as the coffin is carried into the chapel. "The End."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:52:33:00 / 02:01:34:00

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