It was announced from Buckingham Palace April 10 that 51-year old Lord De L'Isle is the new Governor-General of Australia.
GV Penshurst Place with gardener in F/G.
LV Lord De L'Isle and family walks in grounds with pet donkey.
CU Lucy, youngest daughter sitting on donkey, PAN to Lady De L'Isle.
SV Lord De L'Isle walks towards camera with interviewer.
CU S.O.F. STARTS....."Lord De L'Isle have you any connections.....S.O.F. ENDS "Well a non playing captain ha ha ha".
Question: "Lord De L'Isle, have you any connections with Australia?".
Answer: "No I haven't. I can't say I have any Australian relations, although the name of the city of Sydney is remotely connected with the name of my family".
Question: "Have you been there?".
Answer: "Yes, I want there in 1955 with my wife".
Question: "Now what about the army during the war. Did you serve with any Australian units?".
Answer: "No I didn't. I wasn't in the western desert, so I didn't have an opportunity".
Question: "Now you're a great cricket fan, and therefore you will endear your self to the hearts of Australians no doubt".
Answer: "I want to make it quite clear that I'm not a player. I don't want anybody to run away with the idea that I can play cricket".
Question: "You've got very close connections with it nevertheless."
Answer: Why yes indeed. I'm very fond of it but.."
Question: "Can we expect to see a Governor-General's eleven?".
Answer: "Well, a non playing captain (laughter)".
EDITORS: PROD NO. 2505/61. also refers.
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Background: It was announced from Buckingham Palace April 10 that 51-year old Lord De L'Isle is the new Governor-General of Australia. He succeeds Viscount Dunrosail, who died last February.
At Penshurst Place, his Elizabethan home in Kent, April 10, we interviewed Lord De L'Isle as he posed in the grounds with his family.
A descendant of Sir Philip Sydney, the Elizabethan soldier and poet, Lord De L'Isle won the Victoria Cross for "superb courage and utter disregard of danger" with the Coldstream Guards at Anzio landings in Italy in 1944. He was Secretary of State for Air from 1951 until 1955, when he resigned from the Government. His family motto is "Whither the fates call me".
Lady De L'Isle (46) is a daughter of the late Lord Gort, world war one winner of the Victoria Cross.
During his absence in Australia, Penshurst Place will be run by eldest daughter Elizabeth (20). Lord and Lady De L'Isle's four other children will accompany them. They are Catherine (18); Philip (lr); Anne (13); and Lucy (8).