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    Prince Edward on HMS Repulse + celebrations on board as ship crosses equator.

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    Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor) on royal tour of Africa in 1925, part 5 of original series.

    Title reads: "New Era Films Ltd President ... The Prince of Wales' Tour, Part 5".

    Prince on deck of warship HMS Repulse - he is walking on deck and looks at sea (very poor quality).

    Title reads: "On the night before she was due to cross the line, the 'Repulse' was stopped by a hail from the vast deep and a mysterious figure came aboard".

    Celebrations on board ship to celebrate the crossing of the equator, including man in King Neptune costume. Various intertitles imagining dialogue between Neptune and the crew. Various night shots of dance held on deck, including funny shots sailors dancing together. Interspersed with MSs musicians playing banjos, ukuleles, violins, drum kit and cornet.

    Good shots of dance floor, including fancy dress parade with sailors in chicken suits, savages, clowns and men in drag. Prince hands out prizes. Sailor dressed as mermaid in blonde wig poses reclining on chariot. Procession of pirates and other costumes, King Neptune is dragged along on chariot.

    King Neptune holds an investiture of those who have already crossed the line, those sailors who have initiation ceremony. Funny shots of novices being initiated - each is laid on bench where wacky barber teams pretend to cut their hair & shave them, then they are tipped into swimming pool. High jinx continue and eventually a fire hose is turned on the crowd. Prince watches rabble from a safe distance with ship's officers.

    Prince in shorts on deck: he lights a cigarette, sits in a deck chair and reads a book. LS Table Bay, South Africa, very indistinct because of fog. Prince and officials walk past Scout guard of honour. Prince being driven down crowd lined street in Cape Town. Shots of large crowd of white South Africans. Prince meeting dignitaries on flower covered dais. Prince on cart pulled by lots of buffalo. Female university students in gowns running. Prince gets off cart and enters City Hall, crowd of academics follow - he is to be presented with honorary degree.

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    Old negatives
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:53:00 / 01:54:31:00
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