AIR VISIT TO ULSTER
King And Queen Accompanied By Princess Elizabeth ROUSING WELCOME GIVEN Rec. 1 p.m. LONDON, July 17. The King and Queen, accompanied by Princess Elizabeth, arrived by air on a Victory visit to Northern Ireland. It was the first time the Sovereign ffiid arrived in Northern Ireland by air and Princess Elizabeth's first flight. The Royal party travelled in a silver Dakota escorted by two squadrons of Polish-piloted Mustangs. During a two-hour flight from Northolt the King and Princess Elizabeth visited the pilot's cabin and talked with the pilot, Squadron-Leader S. R. Hinks. The Princess was thrilled by her first experience in aircraft. Upon arrival at Long Kesh airport; 12 miles from Belfast, the Royal Standard was broken from the nose of the King's plane as it taxied along the runway. The Duke of Abercorn, Governor of Northern Ireland, and Sir Basil Brooke, Prime Minister, welcomed the King, who was wearing the uniform of the Marshal of the Royal Air Force. The Royal visitors shook hands with Lord Londonderry and the heads of the three fighting Services in Ulster. The Air Training Corps Band played the National Anthem as R.A.F. and Waaf personnel gave a rousing welcome to the Royal visitors. Their Majesties will attend a session of the Northern Ireland Senate, where the King will address bcth Houses of Parliament. Princess Elizabeth will witness the ceremony from a special seat. The King will later hold an investiture, decorating Ulstermen with awards for gallantry, and he will also hand Sir Basil Brooke the Military Cross won by his son, who was killed in action.
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AIR VISIT TO ULSTER, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
AIR VISIT TO ULSTER Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 168, 18 July 1945
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