British Ambassador Geoffrey Jackson,the man who was held captive in Uruguay for nine months by Tupamaros guerillas, arrived home in London today (Saturday 11 September) to a knighthood and a top official welcome.
GV Aircraft taxiing in.
SV Jackson out of aircraft and greeted by Lord Hamilton & Sir Alec Douglas-Home.
SV Jackson talks to Sir Alec.
GV Jackson and party walk across tarmac.
SV Jackson into car and away (2 shots).
Initials BB/0141 TA/PN/BB/0155
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Background: British Ambassador Geoffrey Jackson,the man who was held captive in Uruguay for nine months by Tupamaros guerillas, arrived home in London today (Saturday 11 September) to a knighthood and a top official welcome.
As his aircraft touched down, it was announced that Queen Elizabeth had appointed the envoy a Knight commander of the order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG) which means that he is now known as Sir Geoffrey.
Lord Hamilton, a representative of the Queen, was the first to greet the Ambassador as he stepped from the Government jet which had gone to collect him from Madrid. The Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas-Home was also there to greet him.
SYNOPSIS: British Ambassador Geoffrey Jackson, newly freed after 246 days as a captive of Uruguay's Tupamaros guerrillas, arrived home in London on Saturday to a warm top-level welcome. He was met at Gatwick Airport by the Queen's representative, Lord hamilton and the Foreign Secretary Sir Alec Douglas-Home.A British Government jet had collected Mr. Jackson from Madrid where he had arrived earlier in the day from Montevideo. (PAUSE)
As the jet touched down, it was announced that Queen Elizabeth had appointed the envoy a Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George which means he is now known as Sir Geoffrey. The award is traditionally made to British diplomats for distinguished service.
The 56-year-old Ambassador looked pale but in obvious good spirits as he faced a throng of reporters and cameramen. Although he had shaved off the beard he wore in captivity, his hair was longer than the customary diplomatic length. "I look like the original shaggy dog," he said. "I must go away and get my hair cut."