Royal visits to Northern Ireland 1958 and 1961

Details

Location

Belfast, Carrickfergus Castle, Queen's University, Rowallane Garden, Stormont, Sydenham

Year

1958-1961

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

colour

Length

16min 49sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

Scenes of splendour abound as a regal welcome is extended to royal visitors.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, members of the royal family would be regular visitors to Northern Ireland. Be it the Queen Mother in 1958, or Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh at Carrickfergus Castle (1961), this film captures the fervour with which the esteemed visitors were received.

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project.
 

Notes

These colourful rushes are amongst a wealth of footage that was generated by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.  This government department had their own staff who documented the region through stills and moving images and the films they created capture various facets of life in Northern Ireland. The department was particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films that aimed to sell Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This material captures Northern Ireland at an interesting time, post-World War Two and pre-Troubles.

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