Travelogue style documentary showing the Royal Tour of the Commonwealth in 1954
Part 1. Credits: Associated British-Pathe presents Welcome the Queen! Filmed in Eastman Colour by Pathe Cameramen. (Overseas - Stan Goozee, Bernard Till, Martin Rolfe). Processed by Humphries Laboratories. Print by Technicolor. Music composed by Malcolm Arnold. Played by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the direction of Muir Mathieson. The March "Welcome the Queen" specially composed by Sir Arthur Bliss - Master of the Queen's Music. Film editor - Lionel Hoare. Sound - W.S. Bland and George Newberry. Production Manager - Fred Smith. Commentary written by John Pudney. Narrator Edward Ward. Produced by Howard Thomas. Associate Producer Terry Ashwood.
01:00:58 Buckingham Palace - L/S and M/S. Guardsman marches in front of the palace, camera tilts up to show flagpole without a flag - the Queen is away on a Royal Tour.
01:01:26 Night shots of the Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh boarding the airliner "Canopus" which will take them to the West Indies. Crowds watch their departure. They wave from the doorway to the aircraft. The BOAC plane takes off.
01:02:12 Jamaica. Scenic shots of a Jamaican beach. Local man on soundtrack describes the arrival of the royal party. L/S of the aircraft taxiing. M/S of the welcoming armed guard. C/U of the spectators watching the arrival. The royals disembark from the plane and are met by crowds of spectators. C/Us of children waving. The royals are driven through the crowds.
01:03:09 Fiji. L/S of Britannia in the harbour. M/S of yachts with large sails. The royals arrive and are welcomed. A very young girl gives the Queen a bouquet. Various shots of the Fijian people who have assembled to welcome the royals. C/Us of some of the dancers and dignitaries. Presentation of a great whale tooth to the Queen. Traditional dance exhibition is given. C/Us of some of the dancers.
01:04:45 Tonga. Flags are waved through a cut out sign which reads "Welcome". Traditional dancing display is watched by the Queen Elizabeth II and a great feast is offered. Various shots of the Queen being entertained.
01:05:17 New Zealand. Aerial shots of clouds over mountains. Scenic shots - waterfall, snowy mountains, sheep being herded across countryside, geysers, etc. Young Maoris dive from a bridge as the royal party are shown around the thermal regions of New Zealand. High angle shot of a Maori welcome ceremony. Various shots of the Queen's welcome. She is dressed in a traditional Maori feathered cloak. Wellington. Her majesty opens Parliament - various shots inside Parliament building. Bluff Harbour - South Island, high angle shot of houses beside the harbour - royal yacht in background. M/S of the crowd waiting to see the Queen's departure. The Queen and Prince Philip shake hands with dignitaries and say goodbye. C/Us of children waving flags. The royal party leave amidst cheers and waving. Small boats accompany the royal yacht. The "Gothic" sails across the Tasman Sea to Australia.
Note: according to paper records there is a scene here showing Perth Harbour - not seen by this cataloguer. Perhaps this scene was cut?
01:08:36 Sydney. L/S of the harbour showing the Harbour Bridge. Closer shot of the bridge. Various shots of the harbour, welcoming boats, crowds waving, the royal launch arriving. Crowds greet the royal party. C/Us of some of the spectators. Australian voiceover . The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are driven away in an open topped car. C/Us of some of the welcoming decorations. Police holds the crowds back. Mounted escort leads the Queen through Sydney. A dog runs alongside the royal car. Crowds wave from the pavements and balconies. The royal party arrives at the Town Hall (?)
01:12:25 Bondi Beach, Sydney. L/S of the beach. Queen Elizabeth II arrives to visit. Crowds cheer and applaud. She and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh watch an exhibition by lifesavers. They parade in swimwear holding large banners. Various teams of male lifeguards. The Queen puts on her sunglasses to watch the lifeguards rowing out to sea across the waves.
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