Scenes from A Governor's Notebook: The Queen at Stormont

Scenes from A Governor's Notebook: The Queen at Stormont

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An unforgettable day for Lady Wakehurst as the glamorous new monarch delights the crowds at Stormont. Join the royal couple as they arrive at the seat of power in Northern Ireland. Can you spot Lord Wakehurst with his splendid white plumes amongst the colourful officials? Admire the regal spadework as the new monarch bestows a tree to the majestic grounds of Stormont. See the smile that made Lady Wakehurst marvel at how the Queen manages to appear ‘so happily’ after a hectic schedule with the Stormont government. There is no hint of the tensions that would shadow future visits.

This film was digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage Project  



These are previously unseen colour rushes from A Governor’s Notebook. The finished film was released in black and white. It is a personal record of scenes that Lord and Lady Wakehurst like to remember from their time in Northern Ireland. During the Royal visit Lord Wakehurst declared a public holiday to encourage as many people as possible to come out and see the new Queen with Prince Phillip. These scenes are a stark contrast to the tight security of future visits.

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage Project   

Shot List

00:00-00:05 Outside Stormont crowds greet Queen Elizabeth, Queen’s Guard line road. 00:06-00:13 Queen walks along Guard-lined road towards Stormont., followed by Prince Philip. 00:14-00:16 Member of Queen’s Guard salutes. 00:17-00:19 Military guard at base of Stormont stairs. 00:20-00:29 Queen comes out onto Stormont balcony, probably Beefeaters on stairs. 00:30-00:34 Queen and Prince on balcony above Union Jack. 00:35-01:12 Queen and Prince exit Stormont down stairs lined by Beefeaters, followed by entourage. 01:13-01:32 Prince Philip speaks to members of crowd. 01:33-01:38 Queen walks on to grass, crowd surrounds area. 01:39-02:02 Queen shovels earth during ceremonial tree planting, and walks towards camera. 02:03-02:08 Prince Philip shovels soil, planting small tree. 02:09-02:12 Prince walks away from tree. 02:13-02:28 Queen and Prince get into car at head of motorcade. 02:28 Film Ends   


Filmed by John de Vere Loder. The second Baron Wakehurst (1895-1970) was Governor of Northern Ireland from 1952-1964. Throughout his life he was a prolific filmmaker who used his privileged access to capture historic moments in glorious colour.



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