Part 1

Duration: 1 hour, 2 minutes

First transmitted in 1956, the Royal Tournament includes: an exhibition of drill and marching by the Royal Marines; the Royal Horse Artillery gun teams; the Fort Henry Guard of Canada giving a display of British Army drill of 1867; a race between two branches of the Royal Navy taking guns over obstacle course; and the massed bands of the Light Infantry Brigades.

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Fri 8 Jun 1956 20:00 BBC Television Service

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    The Royal Tournament was an annual celebration of the Armed Forces, their pomp and ceremony, and a show of skill and expertise, and this programme was recorded by the BBC in 1956. This incomplete film features some of the most popular elements of the tournament.

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Bob Danvers-Walker
Derek Burrell-Davis


  • Fri 8 Jun 1956 20:00 BBC Television Service

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