• Short Summary

    Princess in Belfast launching carrier HMS Eagle and at christening of Elizabeth Osborne.

  • Description

    Title reads: "Princess Elizabeth launches mightiest carrier".

    Belfast, Northern Ireland.

    Launching the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle at Harland & Wolff's Musgrave Shipyard. Panning shot of shipyard crowds. M/S of flowers being presented to Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) by apprentice Jim Christian. L/S of 50,000 jam-packed crowd watching Princess climb steps to launching platform.

    M/S of Princess Elizabeth with Admiral Cunningham and Lady and Earl Granville on launching platform. L/S of bow of the enormous ship. L/S silhouetted crowds standing on giant cranes. Princess makes brief speech ("... and may God bless all who sail in her") and smashes champagne bottle against hull. Nine Spitfires fly overhead. Various shots of ship descending the slipway. Earl shakes the Princess' hand. Good L/S of ship in water.

    C/U of Princess Elizabeth holding baby Goddaughter, Elizabeth Osborne, at her christening. Various shots of a bullock running amok in crowded Donnegal Square.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:57:00 / 01:59:30:00

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    The launching seen here took place on 19 March 1946.

    Seen alongside Princess Elizabeth at 00:42 are Admiral Andrew Cunningham and Earl and Lady Granville.

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  2. Unknown user says

    The young apprentice Jim Christian (jimmy) that is presenting the flowers to Princess Elizabeth now the Queen, Is my wife`s Father she is very proud to see her Father in the clip.

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  3. Unknown user says

    My Dad was Jim Christian the 17 year old apprentice we are all very proud of him. Thanks to my brother in law for finding this clip.


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