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    Good footage of pageant on River Thames watched by Royal Family. 1918 - 1919?

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    River Pageant (to celebrate First World War Armistice?).

    River Thames, London.

    Shot looking toward Westminster Bridge; which is crowded w/ people. Shot of many Union Jack flags on Houses of Parliament. Several shots of rowing boats coming under bridge and along river. Looks like it could be Doggett's Coat and Badge Race, as some of the rowers seem to be wearing old-fashioned livery costumes. Large boats go by.

    Several shots of King George V, Queen Mary, Queen Alexandra and the Prince of Wales (Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor) arriving at a pier or platform on the embankment and milling about the area with lots of naval men. They walk up a ramp. L/S of the Royals watching the pageant from a white porch on the Embankment.

    Tugboats pass; close shot. Pan left to line of canoes following tug. Pan on crowd on Embankment. A few men walk toward camera; are met by young Prince of Wales, in naval uniform. Scenes in royal box. King talking to some men; Prince puts cape on Queen Alexandra. Boats again. Then quickly back to the royal family.

    Royal boat at dock; ladies come off; Prince greets them. Very dark shots Prince; King. Side view royal boat moving to left; long boat w/ many rowers; small roofed section for passengers. CU 1 of the rowers; in special tunic; breeches; sitting in end of boat. Long gun barrel on a boat. Boats on river w/ Tower Bridge in BG. Tracking shot of river; showing boats and London buildings; landmarks in BG, including St Paul's Cathedral, Savoy Hotel, Cleopatra's Needle.

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    Film ID:
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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1918 - 1919
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:32:08:00 / 01:43:09:00
    ON 165 B

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  1. Unknown user says

    These rushes are of the Thames Peace Pageant of 4 August 1919, marking that summer's formal conclusion of peace after the First World War, and the fifth anniversary of its outbreak for Britain in 1914. It was well reported in the press and was also notable as the last occasion on which the royal barge known as Queen Mary's shallop was used: this was built in 1689 as a gift from William III to his wife Mary II and was subsequently given by George V to the nascent National Maritime Museum,Greenwich, but only taken there and restored after WWII. This is the white barge (though, today just varnished) with the canopy which appears as apparently heading the procession in the early long shots, and in close-ups later. The procession went from London up river to Chelsea before turning and landing the royal party at a reviewing point, also shown. The press reports would allow these clips to be edited in a more correct order. NMM has further information and images inc. 3 paintings of the event.

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