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Greetings Exchanged Off Plymouth N.Z. Press Association —Copyright Rec. 12.30 p.m. LONDON, Aug. 2. The King, preceded by two naval ratings, walked the length of the siding when he arrived at Mill Bay, near Plymouth, to meet President Truman. There was no ceremony. He was met by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth and the Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, Sir Ralph Leatham. The public was unable to see the King inside the docks, which were closed off for security reasons. The King was piped aboard the Renown at 10.45 a.m. and welcomed by the captain. Mr. Truman boarded the Renown at 12.40 and the K,ing greeted him, saying: "Welcome to my country Mr. President." Silver bugles sounded the alert on the Renown as the green barge lent by the Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth, flying the President's flag, came alongside. Mr. Truman was piped aboard and the King and naval officers came to the salute when the President appeared at the top of the ladder of the ship, while the Marines band played the Star Spangled Banner. The President inspected the Marines guard of honour. The President before he left the Renown warmly shook hands with the King. The Marines Band played the American National Anthem as the President, bareheaded and in strong sunshine, stood on the companion ladder while the King faced him on the quarterdeck at the salute. As the band finished, the President, smiling broadly, said: "Your Majesty, 1 am going to ask the bandmaster to give our American bands some lessons on how to play the "Star Spangled Banner." Ten minutes after the President had returned to the Augusta, the King left in the Royal barge to return his visit. The Augusta band played "God Save the King." His Majesty inspected the guard of honour of American Marines. He stayed talking in Mr. Truman's quarters 1 for 30 minutes.

The King returned to the Renown and stood at the salute on the bridge as the Augusta gained way and moved off at 4 p.m. Mr. Truman stood on the deck of the Augusta. Two British frigates accompar<3d the Augusta 15 miles out from the v breakwater

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HISTORIC MEETING OF KING AND PRESIDENT, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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HISTORIC MEETING OF KING AND PRESIDENT Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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