• Short Summary

    Princess Alexandra joined Prime Minister of the Federation of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tawafa Balewa, and the Emir of Xano at Lagos racecourse in the evening of September 30 for a searchlight tattoo preceding the midnight Independence ceremony, when the Union Jack was symbolically lowered and the new green-white-green-striped Nigerian flag hoisted while massed bands played "God Save the Queen" and Nigeria.

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    Princess Alexandra arrives at race course; greeted, takes seat - searchlight tattoo, massed hands - motorcyclists - gymnastic display - horsem horsemen - dancers and stiltwalkers - Princess looks on - Union Jack - prime minister and Governor-General salute as Union Jack is lowered and Nigerian flag raised - Prime Minister and Governor-General shake hands - firework display.



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    Princess Alexandra arrives - Nigerian flag - Princess makes speech - Q.U. PAN..Princess hands over constitutional instruments to P.M., CU.PAN..Princess - Princess leaves.




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    Background: Princess Alexandra joined Prime Minister of the Federation of Nigeria, Sir Abubakar Tawafa Balewa, and the Emir of Xano at Lagos racecourse in the evening of September 30 for a searchlight tattoo preceding the midnight Independence ceremony, when the Union Jack was symbolically lowered and the new green-white-green-striped Nigerian flag hoisted while massed bands played "God Save the Queen" and Nigeria. We Hall Thee". Then splendid fireworks gave the signal for boisterous rejoicing by huge crowds of jubilant Nigerian.

    The following morning, thousands of spectators and dignitaries of scores of nations gathered at the racecourse to witness the banding over by Princess Alexandra to the Prime Minister of the instruments of Government - the independence constitution bound in white hide. In his inaugural speech, Sir Abubakar said: "Do not mistake our pride for arrogance, It is tempered by feelings of sincere gratitude to all who have shared in the task of developing Nigeria politically, socially and economically." Princess Alexandra read a message from the Queen, wishing the new nation "a great and noble future".

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    Film ID:
    VLVARMGSZ2XBZPJSPMCQB0V0NB38
    Media URN:
    VLVARMGSZ2XBZPJSPMCQB0V0NB38
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/09/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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