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    State opening of the Parliament - Technicolor.

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    This item is filmed in Technicolor.


    Long shot of the Houses of Parliament. Close up shot of the crown on a pillow. Top shot, inside Parliament, of ceremony of the Opening of the Parliament. Lord Bernard Montgomery carrying the Sword of State. Lord Chamberlain takes crown with a pillow to take it to Queen's robing room, Beefeaters follow.

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh in the Irish coach, followed by guardsmen on horseback moving slowly through crowded street towards Houses of Parliament. Closer shot of the Queen in the coach. Coach stops and Queen and Prince Philip are greeted at the door by the Lord Chamberlain.

    Queen and Prince Philip entering, Ear Marshal (Duke of Norfolk) and Marquess of Cholmondeley walking backwards as the Queen enters the building and walks towards Chamber of the House of Lords.

    Lords waiting for the Queen in their ceremonial robes. Various Commonwealth dignitaries seated. Princess Margaret, Princess Marina Duchess of Kent and Duchess of Gloucester seated.

    Queen and Prince Philip walking towards and entering the Chamber of the House of Lords from the robing room, fanfare played, house standing. Queen seated at Throne of Great Britain, Prince Philip sitting on his chair.

    Several shots of the House of Commons with MP's seated. Several shots of the part of ceremony in which the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod knocks on the door of House of Commons after the door have been slammed in front of him - to protect the commons from the Black Rod. Black Rod enters, bows three times in front of Speaker and calls the House to attend the Queen's address at House of Lords. Procession moves, at front are Prime Minster Harold Wilson and Leader of the Opposition Edward Heath.

    Various shots of the Queen reading her speech (natural sound). She outlines the government policies for the following year. More shots of the ceremony. Queen stands up, house stands up, Queen and Prince Philip getting ready to leave.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:05:00 / 01:17:07:00

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