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    Travelogue style documentary showing the Royal Tour of the Commonwealth in 1954

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    This is a mute duplicate. See the documentary on PM1203 - 'Welcome the Queen' record d, reel 2 for the complete version.


    Ceylon (Sri Lanka). Sequence showing traditional Sri Lankan images: a statue of a Buddha, paddy fields, a small village. Various shots of women picking tea. Various shots of Buddhist shrines and paper lanterns. High angle shot of a procession of dancers who are dancing to greet the Queen. Closer shots of the dancers who play instruments as they dance. They lead a procession of cars, the Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh are in the last car. C/Us of some of the musicians and their instruments. C/Us of elephants wearing elaborate head dresses. The dancers wear ornate costumes - some are young children. Kandy - ceremonial dancing continues in Victoria Park. Kandy Chiefs in traditional dress wait to greet the Queen. Various shots of the royals greeting local dignitaries. The Queen plants a tree. C/Us of various Sri Lankan dignitaries and of children watching her visit. The royals leave amidst cheers, applause and the roar of elephants.

    Africa. Shots of wildlife - elephants, hippopotami, crocodiles, birds. The Queen is welcomed by African dignitaries in Uganda. C/Us of the people who have come to see the Queen. A traditional dance is performed to the sound of drums. C/Us of the dancers and musicians. They are dressed in leopard skin and ceremonial feather head dresses.

    The Western Desert. Shots of barren land and relics of the men who served there - barbed wire, an abandoned lamp, a piece of cloth. C/U of the entrance to the Tobruk War Cemetery. C/Us of war graves. The Queen and Prince Philip place a memorial wreath.

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    Unissued / unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:50:00 / 01:40:35:00

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