Queen Elizabeth launches the new Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal.
Full title reads: "Queen Launches The New 'Ark Royal'."
Cammel Lairds Shipyard, Birkenhead, Merseyside.
MV Towards Queen Elizabeth (later Queen Mother), accompanied by Sir Robert Johnston Chairman of Cammel Lairds, walking up gangway to launching dais. GV Crowd waving. MV Queen waving from launching platform. GV Elevated, crowd waving.
SV Men knocking chocks away. SV Two men knocking wedge into chocks. MV Men knocking prop away. SV Twin screws of ship. LV HMS Illustrious anchored in river. LV People lining deck of Illustrious.
LV Elevated crowd. CU Angle shot hull of boat. SV Name of ship "Ark Royal". SV Queen on launching dais launching ship. She says: "I name this ship "Ark Royal". May God protect her and all who sail in her". Queen walks across to bottle and throws it against side of ship. SV Broken bottle pan to Queen pressing release button. MV From river, ship going down slips to slide into water. SV Queen on launching dais waving. SV From dockyard ship sliding down slips. MV Queen accompanied by Admiral Sir Roderick McGrigor and Sir Robert Johnston standing on quayside. Queen points to ship. MV aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal.
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