Prince Charles became a Freeman of the City of London today (Tuesday, 2 March) in a ceremony of traditional pomp and colour.
GTV Prince Charles & Princess Anne ride through the streets of London in open carriage (3 shots)
SV Trumpeters sound fanfare
SV Prince taking oath (SOF)
SCU Princess Anne & Mr Heath
GV EXT. Crowds see Prince & Princess on balcony
SV Prince & Princess & guests on balcony
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 3: CITY OFFICIAL: "Your Royal Highness, will you need aloud this dedication of Freeman and then subscribe to it"
PRINCE: I, Charles, Prince of Wales, do solemnly declare that I will be good and true to our sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth the 2nd, that I will be obedient to the Mayor of this City, and I will maintain the franchises and customs thereof and will keep the city harmless in that which in me is."
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Background: Prince Charles became a Freeman of the City of London today (Tuesday, 2 March) in a ceremony of traditional pomp and colour. It was one of his last public engagements before he joins the Royal Air Force as a flight lieutenant next week for five months' jet acrobatic training. Later he is expected to join the Royal Navy. The Heir to the British Throne drove to the ceremony at Guildhall in an open horse-drawn carriage. He was accompanied by his sister, Princess Anne.
SYNOPSIS: Prince Charles and his sister. Princess Anne, drove through the streets of London on Tuesday to Guildhall where the Heir to the british Throne was made a Freeman of the City. It was one of his last public engagements before he joins the Royal Air Force as a flight lieutenant next week for jet acrobatic training. Later he is expected to serve with the Royal Navy. After a fanfare the Prince was asked to take the traditional oath as a Freeman.
Britain's Prime Minister. Mr Heath, attended the ceremony and afterwards the waiting crowd rushed to see the Prince and Princess on the balcony. Earlier Freemen of the City include the 19th-Century Italian patriot, Garibaldi, and India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.