Princess Alexandra visits Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand and Burma
Hong Kong Welcome to Princess
Top shot of Hong Kong and harbour. Junks and fishing boats in harbour. Archway being prepared for the Princess. Waterfront and down town streets. Chinese signs. A Chinese woman reads a western paper "South China Morning Post". Chinese people shopping and preparing food. B.O.A.C. arrives and is met by Sir Robert Black. He introduces Alexandra to his wife Lady Black. She boards boat and is taken into the harbour. She is taken to Queens Pier. Chinese women in slit skirts hurry to meet her. Water front scenes and gun salutes as she arrives. Top shot as she drives under the arch. Shots of her waving from the car. Top Shot of masses in Statute Square and walking the streets.
Princess Sees Hong Kong
WS Harbour. Ext. Government House, the Princess and the Governor walk in the garden. Photographers take pictures. She meets students on the roof of the University. Top shot of Kowloon. Long line of official cars drive her to the New Territories, waving Chinese line the route. In the small town of San Wy (?) She is entertained by a regiment of the Gurkha's and children dance for her Nepalese style. She visits Chet Kong (?) and the married quarters of the Gurkha's where she looks at babies. Next stop Pat Heung and the Chinese lion dance and Gong hitting.
H.R.H. Sees Hong Kong By Night
Mass of street lights in Victoria. The Princess is escorted to the Sea Palace Restaurant. Well lit and reflecting the water. She is hand paddled in a san pan to the restaurant. She walks across a red carpeted bridge to choose fish from the water. CU fish in net. A massive Cray Fish is held up. Sir Michael Turner and Sir Sik Nin Chow (?) former Industrialist sit with the Princess for dinner. The "Princess was no stranger to chop sticks". She attends a Chinese Opera at the Lee Theatre. The troop put on a flag waving dance for her.
Farewell to Hong Kong
WS of boats At The Aberdeen Fish Market. Pathe cameraman Ken Godard films from a junk. The Princess arrives as the Chinese look on in silence. Shots of different junks pass by. She then arrives at Stanley and walks amongst crowds holding British Flags. Next day at the Governors lodge She meets officials. WS of the Lok Ma Chou Police Station (sp?). She looks at a relief map of the frontier with China. With police Commissioner Heath she looks across open land to China. This is 1 of 12 observation posts on the frontier. She looks across with binoculars. Zoom out from shanty town of So Uk. WS of white high rise new settlements buildings . Objects and food stuff fill the high rise balcony's. The Princess walks down steps past waving crowds. More shots of the new buildings and children playing on a globe climbing frame. Good CU's of Chinese people. So Uk's new primary school with a mass of children waving UK flags as Alexandra waves back from a balcony.
Japan Hails Princess
Tokyo airport with British and Japanese flags flying as Alexandra disembarks from a B.O.A.C. Britannia. She is greeted by Princess Chichibu, widow of the Emperor's younger brother. Various shots as Princess Alexandra meets dignitaries. L/S of the Emperor's palace. The Princess rides through in a parade and waves from her carriage. People wave Japanese flags. Various shots as she arrives at the palace. C/U of a courtier. She then moves on to the Imperial Duck Reserve, and with members of the Imperial family she walks along with Crown Prince Akihito. Princess Chichibu takes photographs of the ducks. Akihito's brother joins them and Princess Alexandra chats to the group. She watches practice "Duck Netting". A hat is thrown and men with nets on sticks catch it. Then a group of them including the Princess go to the marsh land to catch 32 ducks. The Princess is handed a net and the party, including British Ambassador Sir Oscar Charles Morland, advance. The Princess laughs and chats. Various shots as they walk along and people take photographs. MS of dead ducks.
Princess Tours Japan
Princess Alexandra visits temples and pearl farm.
Group of children in uniform walking towards temple at Nada (?). Various shots of temples. LV The Princess walking through the crowds and waving. GV Crowds of children around the Princess. LV Children in Uniform waving flags. SV The Princess talking to one of the priests. CU Children waving. SV Pan the Princess walks towards one of the temples. Angle shot Temple pan down to show the Princess going into the temple. VS of Japanese people waiting to see Princess. GV Princess and the party coming away from the temple.
LV Two Japanese women in traditional costume walk along shore of lake. LV Pan as the Princess walks along the shore of the lake towards camera. SV as the Princess walks away from camera and arriving at the gardens for the tea ceremony. Various shots of women in kimonos etc. SV Princess awaiting her tea. Various shots of women performing the Japanese tea ceremony. SV Pan the Princess takes her gloves off to accept the tea from one of the girls. SV The Princess drinking her tea and the girl who served it bows and walks away Various shots of group as tea ceremony is performed.
CU various Geisha girls. Shots of Japanese gardens with swans on lake. LV Pan as the Princess holding an umbrellas walks across stepping stones across stream. LV Princess introduced to Geisha girls. Girls perform dance with fans. SV The Princess watching.
Various shots of the Mikimoto Pearl Island. SV Pan the Princess walking onto the island. Various CUs of diving girls. GV as the Princess standing on the end of pier to watch the diving. VS of girls diving in to start getting pearls. LV The Princess getting into a boat and come out and have a closer look. GV Princess in a row boat up close to the girls. Shots of oysters on pier and being opened. CU harvest of pearls. SV Zoom into CU group of the pearl diving girls standing round and hanging onto the Princess zoom back to SV.
Princess in Thailand and Burma.
Princess Alexandra tours Thailand and Burma.
L/S of temple in Bangkok, various shots of it with ornate carvings. M/S of Imperial palace of Thailand. Princess Alexandra walks along with members of the royal house. Various shots of two monks, C/U of one. M/S of Princess Alexandra standing outside oriental arches on a temple. M/S of solid gold Buddha inside. The Princess emerges from the temple. Various shots of the ornate decorations. She chats with a woman. Ladies perform traditional dances for the Princess. M/S of someone taking a photograph. C/U of the dancers' hands which have long curled golden nails. Various shots of the nail extensions.
L/S of war cemetery at Burma, M/S of the graves. Princess Alexandra gets out of her car, people clap and wave. C/U of young woman smiling. The Princess places a wreath next to the cross made of sleepers in memory of those who died building the Burma-Siam railway. M/S of the cross and inscription of the regiments. Sir Philip Hay, who is accompanying the Princess, and is also a veteran of Burma, looks around the site. C/U of one inscription on a grave. L/S of Buddhist pagoda, various shots as Princess Alexandra walks along barefoot as footwear is not allowed. A woman prays on the ground. The Princess looks up at the ornate carvings. Various shots as she walks along chatting.