Title ID 974Collection ID453
TitleRoyal Visit
Date19 May 1948
KeywordsCeremonies Harbours Royalty
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionPlatinum Film Productions Ltd.
CameraP. Weld Dixon; Robert Hakewill
DistributorVisual Information Service (168a, Battersea Bridge Road, London SW11)
EditorP. Weld Dixon
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration2min. 46sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This short professional film features HRH The Duchess of Kent officiating at the opening of the Invicta landing stage at Ramsgate. The Duchess, accompanied by the mayor, makes a speech, cuts a ribbon and unveils a plaque to mark the occasion.


Opening titles: "Royal Visit", "Wednesday the 19th May, 1948, was a day of rejoicing for Ramsgate, when H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent visited the Borough." & "The Opening of the Invicta Landing Stage". Dark shots of the town from the sea and the harbour. Shots of The Duchess of Kent arriving at the harbour; close-up of signal flags on a boat; a new flag with a fleur-de-lis is hoisted and unfurled. Shots of The Duchess making a speech before cutting a ribbon and then unveiling a plaque: "This landing stage was opened by H.R.H. The Duchess of Kent on 19th May 1948". The Duchess shakes hands with some sailors, before touring the landing stage. The film ends with The Duchess being driven off in a car along the harbour wall. Title: "The End".