• Short Summary

    King George VI and the Queen attend opening of rebuilt House of Commons.

  • Description

    'The House' Returns - 'From out of the ashes of war arises the House of Commons, retaining within it walls the traditions of the centuries.'

    L/S of the Houses of Parliament. L/S elevated new House of Commons pan up. L/S through archway bombed House of Commons. M/S wreckage in house. L/S damaged lobby. M/S damaged lobby. C/U of calendar showing 10th May. L/S of Churchill door - the entrance to the new chamber. L/S of interior of new chamber from bar of new House. M/S Speaker's Chair. Silver ink stands and despatch box in foreground. C/U Coat of arms and canopy over Speaker's Chair. L/S of the Galleries. M/S concealed loudspeakers at back of benches. M/S elevated, table in front of Speaker's Chair. showing silver ink stands and despatch case. C/Us of silver ink stands and despatch box. M/S of porter extending bar across chamber floor.

    L/S announcing the arrival of Mr Speaker Clifton Brown at Westminster Hall. Shots of procession of dignitaries walking into the chamber. L/S of Commonwealth speakers and deputies in procession. L/S of the leader of the opposition Winston Churchill taking seat. L/S arrival of the Lord Chancellor, Viscount Jowitt. Shots of cleaners and carpet sweepers cleaning the isle before the arrival of King George VI. Shots of the members rising from their seats as Fanfare sounds. L/S members standing and trumpeters. L/S King and Queen (later the Queen Mother) followed by Queen Mary, Princess Margaret, Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II), Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Duchess of Kent, Earl of Athlone and Princess Alice. L/S royal procession approaching steps. M/S mounting steps M/S of the King and Queen at top of steps. C/U Queen pan to King (start of National Anthem).

    L/S of King and Queen standing during Anthem. C/U of King standing during Anthem. Various similar shots. The Lord Chancellor bows to the King before giving speech. M/S of the members listening to speech. M/S of the Lord Chancellor mounting steps to give scroll tot he King. Various shots of Mr Speaker addressing the members. Shots of the King giving speech (natural sound) on the opening of the new House. M/S of Queen Mary and Princess Margaret. L/S of the King and Queen about to descend steps. Queen Mary holds Princess Margaret's hand followed by Princess Royal and Duke of Gloucester. L/Ss of the royal party descending steps. L/Ss of royal procession making way back down the aisle.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:15:00 / 01:09:15:00

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