Title ID 3419Collection ID57
TitleRoyal Thanksgiving and Royal Silver Wedding
Date1945; 1948
CollectionEdwards and Tozer
Genre/TypeAmateurFilm/Video companyIndependent Artist/Film-makerNon-fictionCommemoration
KeywordsRoyalty Armed Forces Celebrations Commemorative Events Memorials Second World War (1939-1945) Uniforms
RegionalCity of London
NationalUnited Kingdom England
ProductionNorman Edwards
ProducerMotion Picture Enterprises
ParticipantsKing George VI, Queen Eliizabeth, Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, Winston Churchill, Clementine Churchill, Queen Mary of Teck
FormatMixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


An amateur film recording two national celebrations: National Day of Thanksgiving in London on Sunday 13th May 1945 and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth's Silver Wedding parade and celebrations in 1948.


In black and white. Title: Royal Thanksgiving. Crowds and street sellers gather in central London, many in service uniforms. People jostle to find good viewing places as they congregate in front of Buckingham Palace (some perch on the Queen Victoria Memorial) and crowds line the surrounding streets. We see a Red Cross van, a YMCA Tea Car No.142 and a flypast. Crowds wave and struggle to catch a glimpse of Winston Churchill as he is driven through the streets, waving to the onlookers in an open topped car with a mounted escort. A van with waving service personnel crammed on top closely follows with the words XRAF POW STALAG LUFT III written on the front. Scenes of a bonfire follow with people dancing the hokey cokey. Crowds and police wait by Admiralty Arch and we see a sign giving directions to a public shelter and d Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square is wrapped with signs that read 'Give Thanks By Saving' and 'Victory Over Germany 1945''. Members of the royal family are driven past and are followed by King George VI, Queen Eliizabeth and the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret in an open carriage with mounted escort. After the service at St Paul's Cathedral many members of the royal family, senior service personnel, dignitaries, the Clergy and Winston and Clementine Churchill walk down the steps of the cathedral and depart.We return to the crowds gathered in front of Buckingham Palace who wait until the King and Queen and the Princesses wave from the balcony. More shots of the Royal family in their carriages follows.

In colour. Title: Royal Silver Wedding. This film opens with Yeoman Warders congregating, people lining the Mall by Admiralty Arch and military bands marching before the royal cavalcade proceeds along the Mall towards Trafalgar Square with mounted escort from the Royal Horse Guards.


A black and white still image taken from TID 3419, showing HM The King, George VI accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, Queen Consort and their two daughters HRH Princess Elizabeth and HRH Princess Margaret leaving St Paul's Cathedral, making their way down the steps following the Thanksgiving service.A black and white still image taken from TID 3419, showing the main balcony at Buckingham Palace as seen from street level outside the main gates. The Royal family are stood on the balcony waving to the members of the public that are gathered below.A colour still image taken from TID 3419, showing a group of Yeoman Warders from the Tower of London dressed in red and gold ceremonial dress uniforms gathered on The Mall ahead of the Royal Silver Wedding celebrations.A colour still image taken from TID 3419, showing a view looking along The Mall towards Admiralty Arch, as a parade of mounted Household Cavalry guards process along the mall. A lone policeman stands on the road infant of the members of the public that have gathered to watch.