A fanfare of silver trumpets sounded by costumed trumpeters greeted Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their arrival at the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, May 7.
PAN DOWN..building to crowd.
MS Royal car draws up.
Queen and Duke up steps to dais.
MS PAN FROM flag and crowd to Queen and Duke seated.
MS Queen and Duke seated.
LS PAN ACROSS..vast crowd.
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Background: A fanfare of silver trumpets sounded by costumed trumpeters greeted Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh on their arrival at the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, May 7. They had flown over from Venice, where they spent a day of sightseeing, including a gondola trip on the Grand Canal.
The royal visitors drove into the main square of Florence, standing in an open Bentley to acknowledge the applause and cheers of a crowd of 40,000. They were taken two chairs placed among the statuary in the Loggia dell'Orcagna, where distinguished visitors in the great days of the Florentine Republic were officially welcomed. Halberdiers in 14th-century dress stood at the steps, and the walls were hung with tapestries from the Palazzo Vecchio, the historic seat of the municipal administration.
Signor La Pira, the mayor of Florence, delivered the address of welcome, stating that British political, economic and historical thinking were largely reflected in this "little luminous microcosm which is the city of Florence and its people". The mayor presented his guests with a 7th-century Etruscan vase.
Later, the Queen and the Duke drove to the Villa Sparta at Fiesole, where they were staying privately with Princess Helen of Rumania until their departure, May 9, for Milan and Turin.