By tradition, the Greek Royal Family travelled to Salonika, October 28, to celebrate "Ochi" Day -- 19th anniversary of Greece's rejection of the Italian's 1940 ultimatum, and her subsequent entry into the war on the side of the allies.
LV. Greek royal Family leave the cathedral.
SV King Paul and Queen Frederika enter car.
SCU Seated in car.
LV Crowds line street in front of the white tower.
SV To white tower.
SV Evzones lead parade past Royal Family.
Angle Shot...Queen Frederika in stand.
SV Tanks past.
SV Military attaches watch.
SV Light cars and guns past.
SV King Paul on saluting base.
LV Infantry march past.
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Background: By tradition, the Greek Royal Family travelled to Salonika, October 28, to celebrate "Ochi" Day -- 19th anniversary of Greece's rejection of the Italian's 1940 ultimatum, and her subsequent entry into the war on the side of the allies. Under the ultimatum, Italy demanded that her troops be allowed to pass through Greece. ("Ochi" signifies "Ho".)
Premier Karamanlis welcomed King Paul, Queen Frederika, Crown Prince Constantine and the two Princesses as they arrived by the Royal launch 'Polemistis'. After inspecting a guard of honour, the King left with his family for St. Demetrius Cathedral (Demetrius is the patron saint of Salonika), where they joined in a 'Te Deum' commemoration service.
Later, watched by a huge crowd, members of the Greek Government, allied military attaches and the diplomatic corps, King Paul took the salute at a grand military parade. Tanks, armoured trucks, infantry regiments and commandos, passed in formation through the streets.
This was the first public appearance of the Greek Royal Family, since their return from a long tour of Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway, when rumours became prolific about a forthcoming marriage between Greek Princess Sophia and Crown Prince Herald of Norway.