• Short Summary

    Travelogue style documentary showing the Royal Tour of the Commonwealth in 1954

  • Description

    Part 3. 01:28:52Aircraft are sent out to greet the Royal Armada. Various shots of the planes, pilot and of the Royal Yacht Britannia. Aerial shots of the ships. Air to air shots of the Royal Air Force planes accompanying them. Closer views of the ships. Triumphant progress of the Armada along the south coast of England and through the straits of Dover. Shot of naval officers aboard a ship giving three cheers and waving their hats. Various shots of small boats bobbing on the water. On board the "Patricia" waiting to guide the Britannia through the Thames. Various shots of the sailors on board. Small launch passes. High angle shot of high ranking officer looking through a telescope. Duke of Gloucester is aboard ready to lead the Britannia through the "pool of London." Fly past. Various shots of people watching the progress of the Armada.

    01:31:40 Tilbury, flags are raised on board ship. Various shots of ships moving through the water. M/S of people waving as the ship passes. Decorated tugboats and aircraft in formation fly past. Cannons fire a salute in Woolwich - the Royal Artillery Guard of Honour. Soldiers cheer and lift their hats as the yacht passes.

    01:32:43 Greenwich Reach - various shots of the royal yacht moving down the Thames. Lord Mayor of London is rowed out to greet the Queen. Tower Bridge opens to allow the royal yacht through. Spectators wave and look through binoculars.

    01:34:21The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret arrive at Tower Pier to greet their returning family. The Britannia sails into the Pool of London. Sir Winston Churchill is aboard. The Queen Mother and Margaret look excited to see the yacht returning. They climb aboard a small boat to go out and meet them. The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret go aboard. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh kisses them both and takes them to meet Queen Elizabeth II and their children.

    01:36:58 Winston Churchill leaves Britannia and the Royal Barge comes alongside to collect the royal family. Various shots of the launch moving through the water with the royal family on board. River procession of the royal barge down the Thames. Various shots. LCC building. Various London bridges are seen. Decorations. Men in uniform. Low angle of Big Ben. The royal family step ashore. Policeman holds back a group of children who are waiting to see the royals. Various shots of famous London buildings - St Martin's in the Field, St Paul's Cathedral, other churches, all from low angle.

    01:40:50 A salute is fired from cannons on the Embankment. Tower Bridge seen in the background. High angle shot of the royal procession moving down the embankment. Crowds line the street. Fly past. Londoners speak of their experiences of seeing the Queen's return: "There not a woman here in London that isn't pleased to see her come back safe and sound." one of the women states. The royal carriage passes the camera. Various shots of the parade passing through London towards Buckingham Palace. The narrator talks of how the Kingdom is united in welcoming the Queen home.

    01:43:45 The crowds disperse and run towards the gates after the Queen has passed. Various shots of them crowding forwards. The royal family come out onto the balcony. They wave. Majestic music on the soundtrack. Camera pans across the crowds gathered around the Queen Victoria monument. Film ends with a C/U of the royals waving from the balcony and the crowds waving back. The Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret have a laugh about something. Camera pulls back. The end.

    Note: documentation file exists - music cue sheets etc. This documentary uses a nice device - people supposedly from the country featured speaking about their impressions of the royal visit. Probably actors but still quite cute.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    1203.03
    Media URN:
    70350
    Group:
    Documentaries
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1954
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:17:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:28:52:00 / 01:46:36:00
    Canister:
    DOCS

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