The 150th anniversary of Admiral Nelson's death at the Battle of Trafalgar is appropriately marked by the Queen's unveiling of the King George VI Memorial Statue in London. Later, the Queen dines with the Board of Admiralty at Greenwich. SV. Statue of Nelson (not the column). Another angle, statue of Nelson. GV. Nelson's flagship "Victory", & SV. GV. Nelson's column bedecked with flags. GV. Wreath laying ceremony at Plinth. SV. Duke of Edinburgh and other dignitaries standing at salute. CU. Relief showing death of Nelson on Plinth. CU. Prince Philip laying wreath. Angle shot, Nelson's Column at Trafalgar Square.
GV. Pouring rain - site of unveiling ceremony. SCU. Queen Mother followed by Princess Margaret stepping out of car and being greeted. GV Crowd watching. SCU. Queen Mother and Princess Margaret shake hands with VIP's. SCU. Royal car driving up. SCU. People watching. CU. Queen Elizabeth II, followed by Duke of Edinburgh, being greeted GV. People waiting in rain. SV. Queen sitting holding umbrella before covered statue. SCU. VIP's under umbrellas. CU. Duchess of Kent with her daughter Princess Alexandra, & CU. SV. Queen pulls rope. Flag falls. CU. Queen standing under umbrella. CU. Duke of Gloucester saluting. CU. Head and shoulders of statue of George VI. GV. Queen at microphone reading speech, starts speaking (natural sound): "Today is Trafalgar day and it is fitting..." SV. People listening. SV. Queen speaking, & CU. "The cause of freedom would prevail." GV. End of unveiling ceremony - Queen walks away. CU. Head and shoulders of George VI statue.
GV. Interior of the painted hall of the Naval College, Greenwich with the Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh making their way in procession to the top table. SV. Queen with Mr J. P. L. Thomas, First Lord of the Admiralty, taking up their positions at the table. CU. The Queen standing at the table. SV. Queen with Mr Thomas and Earl Mountbatten and others, sitting down. CU. Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden seated at table. GV. Guests seated and the Queen standing at the top table for beginning of speech. CU. Queen speaking (natural sound): "If Nelson could be with us tonight he would have found much to surprise him for he would hear from you of a navy vastly different to that in which he serviced..." CU. Queen speaking. "But although he would learn of material differences which could not well be greater, I believe that he would recognise and applaud something very familiar for the spirit which he communicated to those he lead are still alive today... It is because the inspiration of Nelson is still a potent and living force and because of his humanity that we do him honour tonight." SV. Queen sits down amidst applause, & LV.
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