Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Margaret attend consecration of Coventry Cathedral.
Titles read: "COVENTRY - CATHEDRAL CONSECRATED".
L/S of Coventry Cathedral. Several shots of the exterior of the new cathedral beside the charred remains of the old one and the figure of St Michael mounted on the outside wall of the new cathedral.
In the ruins of the old Cathedral of St Michael we see Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret with clergymen making their way towards the new building. The Queen talks to Sir Basil Spence, architect of the new cathedral. The royals are escorted by Lord Provost, Bishop of Coventry.
Inside the new cathedral we see a huge congregation gathered for the consecration, including numerous clergymen. Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Ramsey makes his way to the altar past organist. Trumpeters sound fanfare on arrival of the Queen. Shots of the Baptistry window by John Piper, tapestry on East Wall by Graham Sutherland, modern gold cross.
Natural sound as we hear the Bishop of Coventry welcoming the people. He traces on the ground the first two Greek letters of the name of Christ with his pastoral staff. More shots of the consecration as the bishop makes a circuit of the Altar and traces the sign of the cross at the corners and in the centre. The Queen signs the sentence of Consecration in the Registra. Several shots of exterior of the cathedral.
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