London today (Tuesday) welcomed the three Apollo 11 astronauts and their wives as they arrived aboard the United States Presidential jet on the 11th of their 22-nation goodwill round-the-world tour.
Astronauts and wives arriving at Heathrow Airport, London. They are greeted by the American Ambassador to London, Walter Annenberg. Queen (Elizabeth II), Prince Philip, Princes Andrew and Edward, Princesses Margaret and Anne meet with astronauts and wives at Buckingham Palace. Shots also show astronauts with Harold Wilson, Prime Minister, and Mrs. Wilson, his wife, at Number 10 Downing Street.
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Background: London Today (Tuesday) Welcomed the three Apollo 11 astronauts and their wives as they arrived aboard the United States Presidential jet on the 11th of their 22-nation goodwill round-the-world tour. The highlight of their day was a visit to Buckingham Palace where they were received by Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the British Royal family. Later they were the dinner guests of the Prime Minister Harold Wilson and Mrs. Wilson at No. 10 Downing Street.
First out of the aircraft to be greeted by U.S. Ambassador to London Walter Annenberg, was Apollo 11's civilian leader Neil Armstrong, followed by Colonels Michael Collins and Edwin Aldrin and their three wives.
At Buckingham Palace, they were met by the Queen, Prince Philip, their two youngest sons- Princes Andrew and Edward, Princess Anne and Princess Margaret. Prince Charles was not present because he is in the middle of his studies at Cambridge University. The meeting took place in the ornately-decorated, chandeliered, '1844' reception room at the Palace. The astronauts presented the Queen with a photograph of the disc they left on the Moon with messages from heads of state- including her own. Later, they reported that the Queen was 'extremely well-informed' about their historic moon trip.
After a brief rest, the visiting party went to the Prime Minister's residence at No. 10 Downing Street, where they were the dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wilson. The Prime Minister presented the 'Lunarnauts' with special silver salvers commemorating their historic achievement, and he told them: 'Politicians are rarely at a loss for words- but tonight is different'- because all words paled before the significance of their space feat.
Ambassador and Mrs. Annenberg, the recently-appointed diplomatic representatives of the U.S., were also guests at the Downing Street dinner. The astronauts, who had to cancel several television interviews due to fatigue and rapidly-approaching laryngitis continue their tour by leaving for Rome tomorrow (Wednesday).