Britain's Prince Charles arrived in Salisbury, Rhodesia on Wednesday (16 April) amid strict security precautions, to represent Queen Elizabeth at Rhodesia's independence celebrations.
GV Prince Charles of Britain down aircraft steps and shakes hands with British Governor Lord Soames, Prime Minister of new Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe and other officials
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GV & SVs Prince Charles walking around crowds and shaking hands (2 shots)
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SV PAN Prince Charles being greeted and kissed by blonde woman, Kathy Condy
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TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 12: PRINCE CHARLES: "I know he would have been delighted if he were alive to know that I had been to this school which has been named after him and which he visited all those years ago."
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Background: Britain's Prince Charles arrived in Salisbury, Rhodesia on Wednesday (16 April) amid strict security precautions, to represent Queen Elizabeth at Rhodesia's independence celebrations. Nine decades of white supremacy come to an end at midnight on Thursday (17 April) when Britain withdraws from its last African colony, and the new state of Zimbabwe is born.
SYNOPSIS: The British Governor Lord Soames greeted the Prince and introduced him to a line of dignitaries including the Prime Minister of the new state of Zimbabwe, Mr. Robert Mugabe.
After inspecting a Rhodesian Air Force guard, Prince Charles was introduced to members of Zimbabwe's first Cabinet, including Joshua Nkomo. Mr. Nkomo is now a junior coalition partner in Mr. Mugabe's government, after almost three decades during which he was regarded as the father of black nationalism.
While the Prince shook hands with crowds of jubilant Africans, a steady stream of world figures poured into Salisbury for the celebrations. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, President Zia-ul-Haq of Pakistan and Commonwealth Secretary General Shridath Ramphal arrived on Wednesday (16 April).
The Indian Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi and United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim were also among more than one hundred dignatories due in Salisbury.
Later, (Wednesday (16 April) Prince Charles visited a veterinary station near Salisbury where wild African buffalo are being trained for domestic use. The Prince watched two teams pulling a plough and Scotch cart, but both teams moved away when the Prince tried to approach them.
Local estate agent Kathy Condy was less shy.
The head of the new state of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, led the biggest guerrilla army in the war that was spawned by the white minority's unilateral declaration of independence against Britain in 1965. The war cost more than twenty thousand lives up until last December's (1979) peace agreement. Under the agreement drawn up at Lancaster House, London, Lord Soames supervised a ceasefire and oversaw this year's (1980) February independence elections.
Prince Charles also visited the Louis Mountbatten School in Salisbury, named after his great-uncle.
Britain has drawn up a three-year, 150 million dollar (60 million pounds sterling) aid package for the new nation of Zimbabwe -- born at midnight on Thursday (17 April) when the Union Jack is lowered and the red, green and black striped Zimbabwe flag is hoisted aloft.