Princess Elizabeth | Queen Elizabeth II's journey to the throne
CHANNEL | BBC Television Service
FIRST BROADCAST | 01 April 1949
DURATION | 5 minutes 23 seconds
The royal train pulls into Lime Street station and crowds of jubilant Liverpudlians throng the streets as Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh make their way to the docks for the opening of a new lock. A reception at the town hall follows and then a visit to Liverpool's new cathedral. Manchester played host the following day with a civic tour and a factory visit, which topped off the busy programme of events.
In 1901, a decision was taken at Liverpool Town Hall to build a new Anglican cathedral. The architect Giles Gilbert Scott won the design competition and construction started in 1904. Gilbert Scott placed the last stone on the tower of the cathedral in 1942, but the building wasn't ready for its completion ceremony until 1978, after work on the nave in the 1960s.
Both Liverpool and Manchester were part of Lancashire until 1974 when, thanks to the 1972 Local Government Act, the counties of Merseyside and Greater Manchester were created.
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A tribute to the people and ideals of the British Empire and Commonwealth.
Princess Elizabeth's speech to the Commonwealth from Cape Town.
BBC television film on the royal tour of South Africa in 1947.
The betrothal of Princess Elizabeth is announced.
Newsreel of the marriage of Princess Elizabeth and Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
The announcement that Princess Elizabeth has had a son.
Newsreel footage of the young Princess Elizabeth busy with her state duties.
A warm Lancashire welcome for the royal couple as they visit Liverpool and Manchester.
Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh meet delighted crowds.
A visit to Sark, Jersey and Guernsey by the royal couple.
Newsreel of the first public appearance of Princess Anne.
An enthusiastic welcome in Athens for Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Princess Elizabeth takes the salute for the first time.
President Truman welcomes the royal couple to Washington DC.
King George VI's final farewell to his eldest daughter.
A report on how Princess Elizabeth was informed of her father's death.
John Snagge announces the death of King George VI.
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