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Title:STATE ENTRY INTO ANTWERP 19TH NOVEMBER 1918 [Main Title]
Film Number:IWM 371
Summary: The state entry of the King and Queen of Belgium into Antwerp, 19th November 1918.
Description: A procession through the streets of the city, civilians mainly in formal dress, some using crutches. A convoy of cars arrives, and the city mayor gets out from one of them. A column of Belgian Cavalry led by a mounted band passes an elaborate saluting base at the side of the road. Another car arrives, King Albert (wearing Belgian Army uniform) and Queen Elisabeth get out and mount the saluting base, where they greet the waiting dignitaries and the Queen is given a bouquet of flowers. They sit on ornate brocaded chairs to watch the procession of Belgian troops. Along with the Cavalry, Infantry and Field Artillery are limber-drawn Maxim machine guns each pulled by two large dogs. After the procession the King and Queen leave in their car through a cheering crowd, followed by other cars and a mounted escort.