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  • Short Summary

    King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit France and attend various events in their honour.

  • Description

    Item title reads - Their Majesties visit to France.

    Aerial L/S of Guard of Honour and royal cars. L/S as they drive towards the Arc de Triomphe. M/S as King George VI gets out of his car, various shots of French dignitaries and officials at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. Various shots as they salute. M/S of war veterans, various shots of Guards. M/S as the King walks along with other dignitaries. M/S as he signs the Golden Book of Remembrance. M/S as he salutes and smiles before getting into the car. M/S of the tomb.

    Various shots as the car drives away. L/S as he gets out and boards a launch. L/S of the King and Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) on the boat. L/S of a large fountain, and Guards lining the river bank. Various shots as they sail along the Seine towards the Hotel de Ville. L/S as they get off and walk up steps to the quay. C/U profile of a sailor on the river bank. M/S as their car drives along. L/S of the Hotel de Ville. M/S as they get out. M/S of Guard of Honour, the royal couple walk up the path and into the Hotel de Ville. M/S of the King with other men at the reception, the Queen chats to French President Albert Lebrun and meets a lady who curtsies.

    Various shots of a firework display. M/S of crowds, M/S of King in car with Lebrun, he salutes. L/S of troops and crowds, various shots as the King salutes the passing army, various shots of tanks, horses and motorcycles going by.

    L/S of the couple walking along and people cheering. L/S of Australia's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Villers Britonneux, M/S as it is unveiled. M/S as wreaths are laid by King and others. The Queen lays her own bouquet and they walk away. M/S of the memorial. L/S of crowds in London waving and cheering as the royal couple return. L/S of royal standard and couple. L/S of crowds cheering.

    Various shots of naval ships on the sea and aeroplanes flying overhead. M/S as children wave Union Jack flags. M/S as the King gets in his car. L/S as he lays a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Warrior and backs away before saluting. L/S of the royal couple on a small boat sailing past landmarks. M/S of them at Hotel de Ville. Various shots as they sign the book of noble visitors, C/U of their signatures. M/S of them in Bagatelle gardens, various shots as a ballet is performed on a floating stage in the lake.

    Various shots of Paris at night bedecked with pictures of the couple and Union Jack flags. People wave and cheer. L/S of ornate interior of Chateau of Versailles. M/S as camera pans across tables in the hall of mirrors where they are having lunch. C/U of a waiter wearing 15th century costume and wig. M/S as the Queen speaks to Lebrun. M/S as the Queen takes her place for the historic pageant of music and drama. Various shots as men and women in period costume perform. C/U profile of King watching. C/U of Queen. They meet the performers afterwards and congratulate them. The Queen shakes hands with Lebrun and people wave as they walk away.

    Cataloguer's note: the soundtrack to this item is missing. The sequence of events seems to have been transferred out of order. There is another version of this item entitled 'Their Majesties in France' in 38/59, it contains some of the same footage.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:01:00 / 01:05:32:00

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