Sierra Leone, West Africa, became an independent state at midnight on April 26th, after 153 years as a British colony.
GV Flags trooped at tattoo.
CU PAN UP..Union Jack flying.
LV Governor Dorman and Prime Minister stand in front of flag.
CU Union Jack flying.
BLACK OUT then lights reveal Sierra Leone flag flying on pole.
LV Governor shakes hands with Prime Minister.
CU Governor and Prime Minister walk back to dais.
SV Natives cheering.
SV Duke of Kent shakes hands with Prime Minister and Governor.
LV Fireworks burst over Sierra Leone flag.
SV Natives cheering.
CU Sierra Leone flag flying.
LV INT..of Parliament.
SCU Governor takes and subscribes the oath.
LV PAN..Parliamentary delegates listen.
SV Duke of Kent takes seat on throne.
SV Prime Minister seated on right.
SV Prime Minister hands speech to Duke of Kent.
SCU Duke of Kent reads Queen's message.
GV Parliamentary delegates listen.j
SV Prime Minister receives constitutional instruments from Duke of Kent, walks away and holds up same.
SCU Speaker of House seated.
LV Prime Minister addresses Parliament.
LV PAN..Duke of Kent leaves.
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Background: Sierra Leone, West Africa, became an independent state at midnight on April 26th, after 153 years as a British colony.
The Duke of Kent - representing Queen Elizabeth at the independence ceremonies - together with the Governor, Sir Maurice Dorman, and the Prime Minister, Sir Milton Margai, were among those who watched the symbolic lowering of the British flag. On the stroke of midnight, floodlights were extinguished, and when they came on again, the green, white and blue flag of Sierra Leone had replaced the Union Jack.
Next day, Parliament opened for its first session as an independent legislature. The Duke of Kent handed the Prime Minister royal documents recognizing the country's independence, and read the Speech from the Throne, which announced universal adult suffrage at next year's elections, with women voting for the first time. He also read out a personal message from the Queen welcoming Sierra Leone into the British Commonwealth.
Sierra Leone has a population of just over 2 1/4 million. Many of its inhabitants are descendants of freed slaves repatriated from the Western hemisphere.