London Bridge is up again.
On a sunny Friday afternoon (16 March) in London, Queen Elizabeth?
London Bridge is up again.
TV PAN Security on bridge and rooftops (3 shots)
TV London Bridge (2 shots)
GV & SV Queen arrives in launch (3 shots)
MV Queen off launch accompanied by Watermen
GV Guests seated
GV ZOOM INTO SV Queen speaking (SOUND)
GV & SV Queen unveils plaque (3 shots)
SVs TV Queen talking to spectators (3 shots)
The following is a text of the Queen's speech, which is included on this film.
QUEEN ELIZABETH. "My Lord Mayor. London Bridge was closed for the first time this morning so that I could open it. (LAUGHTER) May traffic flow uninterrupted on it from now on for the benefit and prosperity of the people of London. In this hope, I have much pleasure in declaring it open, and unveiling a plaque in memory of today." (APPLAUSE).
SECURITY ON BRIDGE & ROOFTOPS: LONDON BRIDGE: QUEEN ARRIVES IN LAUNCH: QUEEN OFF LAUNCH ACCOMPANIED BY WATERMEN: GUESTS: QUEEN SPEAKS: QUEEN UNVEILS PLAQUE: QUEEN TALKS TO SPECTATORS.
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Background: London Bridge is up again.
On a sunny Friday afternoon (16 March) in London, Queen Elizabeth formally opened the GBP5-million sleek concrete span which replaced the old granite London Bridge.
The Queen stuck closely to the programme adopted by King William the Fourth when he opened the old Rennie Bridge in 1834. Like him she travelled to the bridge by barge from Westminster, and as she stepped ashore, a 41-gun salute roared out from the nearby Tower of London.
Things were more leisurely for King William. He had time to sit down to a banquet after snipping the royal ribbon, and the bridge was reserved for banqueting only on that day.
But the Queen sped it up a bit. She made a brief opening speech, unveiled a plaque, strolled across the 102-foot (32 metre) bridge, then had to leave, to let an estimated 3,000 cars an hour use its six lanes.
SYNOPSIS: Police were out in strength well before the official opening of the new London Bridge on Friday. From roofs of buildings they kept a close watch on spectators from both sides of the Thames.
Unusually, for this time of the year, the sun shone for the opening of the five-million-pound bridge. The Queen arrived on the post of London launch which had brought her down the river from Westminster Pier. On board were the Royal Watermen, dressed in ceremonial livery.
As she disembarked at Fishmongers' Hall, she was officially welcomed -- in traditional style -- to the City of London.
The Queen stuck fairly closely to the programme adopted by King William the Fourth when he opened the old Rennie Bridge in 1831. But she had to speed things up a bit. After the plaque was unveiled, she went on one of her familiar Royal walkabouts to chat with a few of the spectators. Then the Queen left, totally mindful that the civic authorities were letting traffic start rolling across the bridge dead on two o'clock. Which didn't leave time for a Royal Banquet -- like that of King William the Fourth -- in the middle of the bridge.