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  • Short Summary

    King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit France and attend various events in their honour.

  • Description

    No title. Paperwork reads - Their Majesties in France.

    Various shots as ships approach the harbour and people wave. M/S of ship in harbour. M/S of sailors lined up, various shots of King George VI saluting on the ship. M/S as he walks past soldiers lined up. L/S of Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother). C/U of soldiers in a line. M/S as the King and Queen stand at the window of a train as it pulls out of a station.

    M/S statue of King George V, this fades to archive footage of King George V getting into a carriage in Paris. Aerial L/S as they ride along. Various shots as they walk along. M/S of the King and Queen Mary on a balcony. M/S of them getting into a car, he tips his hat.

    M/S of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth getting off the train in Paris and greeting various dignitaries. M/S as the Queen and President Albert Lebrun walk along. M/S of children waving. M/S of the King getting into a car, M/S of flags being waved. Various shots as the car drives along. Aerial L/S of military parade, M/S of Queen with Mrs Lebrun in car. L/S of airship hovering near the Arc de Triomphe as troops ride through. M/S of King. Various shots as the cars make their way along surrounded by a Guard of Honour. The couple greet dignitaries and go up the steps to Hotel de Ville (?). Guards stand to attention. M/S as the couple walk along inside and greet Lebrun and his wife. Various shots of other people at the dinner.

    M/S of the King in a car, various shots as he salutes the French troops as they march and ride past. L/S of the ornate interior of the Chateau of Versailles, the camera pans across dinner guests. C/U of waiter in 15th century outfit and wig. C/U of the King. Various shots of the Queen and Lebrun at the historic pageant. Various shots as they meet the performers and congratulate them.

    Various shots of the King at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Arc de Triomphe. Various shots of dignitaries and officials. M/S of war veterans. M/S as the King lays a wreath and salutes. M/S of him signing the Golden Book of Remembrance. Various shots as their car drives off. Various shots of the couple on a launch on the river Seine as they pass landmarks. They get off and walk up steps as band plays. Various shots as they arrive at Hotel de Ville (?) and walk up steps. Various shots of them in the Bagatelle Gardens. Various shots of a ballet, good M/S of the King and Queen watching and smiling. Various shots of Paris at night with everything bedecked in Union Jack flags. Big crowds turn out. M/S of a big firework display.

    Cataloguer's note: the soundtrack is missing until 01:15:16 when we hear music and some French commentary. There is another version of this item entitled 'Special - King and Queen in France' in 38/59, it contains some of the same footage. It also contains footage from 'Queen Mary in France' in 38/59 on *PM0975*.

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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:
    01:09:25:00 / 01:16:54:00

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