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12 Princess Marina

Image 54: Princess Marina with former Governor-General Viscount De L’Isle, 1968.

Image 54: Princess Marina with former Governor-General Viscount De L’Isle, 1968.
NAA: A1200, L78847
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Princess Marina, the Duchess of Kent visited Australia from 23 September to 8 October 1964 for the purpose of visiting the British Exhibition at the Sydney Showground and to open Sydney's Gladesville Bridge which spans the Parramatta River between Drummoyne and Gladesville. In addition, whilst in Canberra she opened the new Defence headquarters building, also known as the Russell Offices.

The Princess' fifteen day tour cost the Government £40 050. This amount included £23 000 for chartering an aircraft for the travel to, from and within Australia.1

Princess Marina was the mother of Princess Alexandra and wife of the late Duke of Kent. Princess Marina and her husband were scheduled to come to Australia in 1939, as the Duke was to occupy the position of Australian Governor-General. The outbreak of war and the death of the Duke in 1942, however, meant that this plan never came to fruition. The visit in 1964 was therefore the Princess' first to Australia.

Interest in her visit was enhanced by rumours that Marina's daughter Princess Alexandra was to become Australia's next Governor-General. The rumour was unfounded but Marina's visit remained a successful tour of Australia.

Royal visit 1964

Photographic series relating to the visit of Princess Marina
Canberra
Series: A1772
Quantity: 0.09 metres
Recorded by: 1964 Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra (CA 219)
PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'RVM' (ROYAL VISIT OF MARINA) PREFIX, 1964 A1772
Canberra

Scenes of public and official functions – receptions, motorcades, at the art gallery, theatre and races etc. Australian officials include Prime Minister Menzies, the Governor-General, Lord de L'Isle, Premier Askin, Mayor of Wollongong etc. Mainly taken in Sydney and Canberra.

Series: A2757
Quantity: 0.18 metres
Recorded by: 1964 Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra (CA 219)
PHOTOGRAPHIC TRANSPARENCIES, SINGLE NUMBER SERIES WITH 'KRVM' [COLOUR, VISIT OF PRINCESS MARINA TO AUSTRALIA, 1963] PREFIX A2757
Examples of records relating to the visit of Princess Marina
Series: A463
Recorded by: 1956– Prime Minister's Department (CA 12)
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – New South Wales – General representations, 1964 A463, 1964/120
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Negotiation with Kensington Palace prior to announcement, 1964 A463, 1964/121
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Itinerary and overall program, 1964 A463, 1964/123
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Visit to the ACT – Program, 1964 A463, 1964/124
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Visit to New South Wales – Programme, 1964 A463, 1964/125
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Guide for planning, 1964 A463, 1964/126
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Commonwealth organisation, 1964 A463, 1964/128
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Press relations officer – Appointments, 1964 A463, 1964/133
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Financial, 1964

This file contains details of financial estimates for the cost of the impending tour, so these could be incorporated in funding applications. For comparative purposes, the file also contains details of the costs associated with the visits of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in 1963, and the Duke's 1962 visit.

A463, 1964/139
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Press Arrangements, 1964 A463, 1964/154
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Transport arrangements, 1964 A463, 1964/155
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Security arrangements, 1964 A463, 1964/156
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Requests to meet HRH, 1964 A463, 1964/167
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – ACT – Car door openers, 1964 A463, 1964/175
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Opening of Defence Building – Invitation list and arrangements, 1964 A463, 1964/176
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – ACT – Biographical notes, 1964 A463, 1964/178
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Speeches and addresses of welcome, 1964 A463, 1964/181
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Daily weather forecast, 1964 A463, 1964/184
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Daily briefs, 1964 A463, 1964/186
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Letters of appreciation, 1964 A463, 1964/188
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Press cuttings, 1964

This file principally holds press clippings relating to Princess Marina's visit to the ACT. These press clippings were used by the Prime Minister's Department to record the progress of the tour and to document public reaction to it.

One of the first clippings collected records that at Canberra's Fairbairn Airport:

…a delighted and incredulous people suddenly found Princess Marina, vivid in cherry red, among them saying, 'What a beautiful morning it is. I can't believe I'm here at last.'2

The same article records that at a Press Conference later that afternoon, the Princess 'smoked a cigarette and drank a glass of bitter lemon'.

A463, 1964/189
Visit of HRH Princess Marina 1964 – Working program, 1964 A463, 1964/190
Series: A1838
Recorded by: 1948–1970 Department of External Affairs (CA 18)
Civil Aviation – Non-Scheduled Flights – Royal Visit to Australia 1964 – Princess Marina A1838, 716/21/122
Protocol Visit to Australia of Notables – Princess Marina Duchess of Kent, 1964 A1838, 1516/1/288
Series: A1945
Recorded by: 1957–1974 Department of Defence (CA 46)
Visit to Australia by HRH the Duchess of Kent September/October 1964

This file includes details of the arrangements made by Prime Minister Menzies and Minister for Defence Shane Paltridge, for Princess Marina to open the new Defence headquarters building at Russell Hill, Canberra.

A1945, 234/3/4
Series: A2908
Recorded by: 1930–1952 Australian High Commission, United Kingdom [London] (CA 241)
Visit of Her Royal Highness Princess Marina to Australia, 1964 A2908, V86 Parts 1–3
Series: A8281
Recorded by: 1954–1973 Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra (CA 219)
Photo album, Royal Visit 1964 A8281, 19
Adelaide
Series: D1915
Recorded by: 1917–1969 Commonwealth Police Force (CA 2919)
Commonwealth Police Force – Royal visit to Australia HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, 1964 D1915, SA1867/6

Notes

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1 NAA: A463, 1964/139

2 The Canberra Times, 28 September 1964, p.1


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