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    Prince Edward on Royal Tour of South Africa.

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    Prince Edward, the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor) on Royal Tour of Africa.

    Title reads: "New Era Films Ltd. Present ... Prince of Wales' Tour. Part 8. Produced by British Instructional Films Ltd. Surbiton, Surrey. Photographed by G. Barkas and S. Rodwell. Approved by the Admiralty".

    Intertitle reads: "Africa is a land of contrasts. Ten hours after leaving primitive Zululand, the Prince entered the up to date city of Maritzburg".

    Street in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa decorated festively: shot looking up at crown suspended from wire, strings of flowers and flags. Pan down to street showing crowds watching soldiers riding horses & Prince's car.

    Intertitle reads: "Among those present was the Mascot of the Natal Carbineers - who had evidently lost something".

    MS mascot - a small boy dressed in military uniform - he looks in his pockets and at the ground, there is a row of horses and soldiers behind him. Wide shot crowd in park. Prince talks to Natal officer & the small mascot, who stands holding salute even while the Prince shakes his hand!

    Title reads: "Here the Prince presented a cup to the Hilton College Cadets - winners of a shooting competition open to whole Union".

    Prince presents trophy cup to Hilton College Cadets who have won a shooting competition. Prince walks to car. Cars driving through crowd.

    Title reads: "Soon after leaving Maritzburg the Prince paid an informal visit to the driver of the Royal train".

    Prince walks alongside Royal train, he climbs up to cab to talk to engineer.

    Intertitle reads: "The Prince comments reveal his practical knowledge of the details of a locomotive".

    Prince comes down from driver's cab and walks down platform.

    Intertitle reads: "At Talana, the Prince visited the scene of the first battle in the South African War".

    Talana Hill, site of first battle in Boer War: wide shot grassland with a few trees and rocky hill in background.

    Intertitle reads: "He climbed the slopes up which our men made their difficult attack and and saw the spot where General Penn Symons was mortally wounded".

    Wide shot 30 men climbing slope covered with big rocks.

    Intertitle reads: "It is quite difficult to realise that this quiet spot was the scene of bitter fighting 25 years ago".

    Prince & 4 men walk away from hill.

    Intertitle reads: "At Ermelo, the Prince shook hands with some typical Transvaal burghers".

    Prince meets Boers (Afrikaners). Shots Prince shaking hands with elderly farmers.

    Intertitle reads: "One flustered farmer was not quite sure which was the Prince".

    One elderly farmer walks past Prince, forgetting to shake his hand - he is ushered back to meet the Prince.

    Intertitle reads: "Then the burghers rode past His Royal Highness in military fashion".

    Boers ride past. CU Prince saluting. Closer shots of the men riding past.

    Intertitle reads: "At Mbabane, the Prince exchanged various gifts with the Paramount Chief of Swaziland".

    Prince exchanging gifts with tribal chief, Prince gets leopard cape and shield.

    Intertitle reads: "And here is the Chief himself with the Queen Mother - who is wearing a cloak which the Chief brought her when on a visit to London".

    Chief of Swaziland and Queen Mother of Swaziland, the chief wears European style suit.

    Intertitle reads: "The Swazis are an offshoot of the Zulu nation and their warriors are equally impressive in appearance".

    Swazi warriors in traditional clothing holding spears.

    Intertitle reads: "Each 'impi' or regiment is captained by an 'Induna' - distinguished by his head ring and tuft of plumes".

    CU captain of Swazi regiment, he wears special head-dress with foliage hanging from back.

    Intertitle reads: "After the reception, the Price witnessed performance of striking war dances".

    Great scenes of war dance performance by tribesmen. CUs warrior, some are wearing magnificent leopard capes.

    Intertitle reads: "During the dance, the Prince inspected the warriors at close quarters".

    Prince inspects warriors while they are still performing.

    Intertitle reads: "The dances over, the Impis formed up and streamed off the ground - homeward bound".

    Wide shot as warriors begin to depart, one group jogging off. Closer shot from behind of many warriors running.

    Intertitle reads: "One of the last to leave was the Chief's attendant - with baggage".

    LS chief's assistant posing, carrying large clay pot on head. Wide shot warriors leaving, like long ribbon moving over hills.

    Intertitle reads: "At Barberton, the Prince received a number of interesting gifts from the citizens".

    CUs Prince with leading white citizens, who show him gifts. Prince laughs at some of the presents.

    Intertitle reads: "And then once more, the Royal train sped on its journey".

    Nice shot from hill of train appearing from bottom right & heading away around curve, hilly landscape.

    End title: "British Instructional Films Ltd. Surbiton, Surrey".

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    01:24:25:00 / 01:39:48:00
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