Film: royal couple arrive in NZ, 1953

Film clip: the arrival of the Gothic at Auckland, 23 December 1953

Still shots and description

Royal couple leaving shipQueen meeting Governor GeneralDriving by troops

The scene opens with the film’s title and then a view of the Gothic (ship). We then see the royal couple descending the gangway and being welcomed by dignitaries waiting on the dock.


‘So the Queen comes to New Zealand. 12,000 miles from the Motherland, she is not among strangers. She has come to her New Zealand home. Presented by the Governor-General, the Prime Minister and his wife, Mrs Sidney Holland, pay their respects. It is the first time in history that a reigning monarch has visited these shores.’

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