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Return Of Their Majesties (Arrangements)

Volume 437: debated on Monday 5 May 1947

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asked the Prime Minister what arrangements are being made for a public welcome on the occasion of the homecoming of Their Majesties and the Princesses after their South African tour.

The arrangements will be on the same lines as those made when Their Majesties returned in 1939 from Canada. There will be a civic reception at the port of arrival, and Their Majesties will drive in carriages from Waterloo to Buckingham Palace via Parliament Square. The route has been published in the Press. The City of London are entertaining Their Majesties to lunch at the Guildhall on 15th May and again Their Majesties will drive in carriages.Flags will be hung on public buildings and offices along the route to be followed by the Royal Family when driving from Waterloo Station to Buckingham Palace on 12th May and also on the route of the Royal drive to the City on 15th May. As in 1939, an Humble Address of Welcome will be moved in both Houses of Parliament on the afternoon of Their Majesties' arrival Hon. Members will wish to have the opportunity of taking part in the welcome to The King and Queen on Their way from Waterloo to Buckingham Palace. Their Majesties are expected to pass through Parliament Square at about 12.45 p.m. on that day, and I understand that arrangements are being made to enable Members of both Houses and their friends to assemble on the pavements adjoining New Palace Yard and on the opposite side of the roadway at that time.