A newsreel titled 'Royal family arrives in South Africa' shows the British Royal family being welcomed by Prime Minister Jan Smuts in Cape Town. The Royal family consisting of King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Elizabeth II moves across the city in a motorcade, as the people cheer them on. They attend a garden party where nearly five thousand people are gathered to pay respects to them. Queen Elizabeth wears a hat that features ostrich feathers; other women present wear grand hats and carry parasols, influenced by the Queen's fashions.
Howard Hughes takes lunch at a restaurant in Chicago on May 14, 1936. Other people sitting and standing behind him. View of propeller on his Northrop Gamma 2G airplane being started. Hughes has his goggles on his head and takes off toward California. View of Union Air Terminal in Burbank, California. Hughes steps out of plane in Los Angeles after 8 hours flight. In next scene, aviator Amy Johnson, CBE, wife of Jim Mollison, emerges from her Percival Gull Sixplane. G-ADZO, in Capetown, South Africa on May 7, 1936 after a record-setting four day and sixteen hours flight from London. A large crowd waits to see her. People greet her with flowers. Johnson is seen among the large crowd and smiling and waving to the crowd. Scenes in clip are from a 1961 newsreel recounting events roughly 25 years prior.
Visit of Lieutenant General Jan Christiaan Smuts and his entourage at the Hendon airfield on the outskirts of London England, during World War 1, where dignitaries and spectators are gathered to attend the unveiling and christening of a De Havilland DH9 aircraft, named "South Africa." (Note: The plane also resembles a Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8. Position of pilot cockpit does not match a DH9 making identity uncertain). The aircraft was subscribed for by members of the London Chamber of Commerce, and presented as a gift to South Africa through the Imperial Air Fleet Committee. Lifelong South African Lt. General Smuts with other dignitaries viewing the aircraft, including Lord Desborough who was President of the London Chamber of Commerce and the Imperial Air Fleet Committee. Mrs William Schreiner, the Marchioness of Winchester, stands with flowers in her hand and christens the aircraft. General Smuts talks to the dignitaries as they present the aircraft to honor and thank South Africa for its contribution to the war effort. Pilot Captain B.C. Hucks, dressed in heavy flight suit climbs aboard the airplane, which displays the name "South Africa," on its nose. The aircraft takes off and flies overhead. Scene changes to the Christening ceremony, in which Mrs. Schreiner christens the "South Africa." She is seen tapping its propeller with a small mallet. Closeup of the DH9 "South Africa". Others present at the event included Sir David Henderson, Lord Aberconway, Lord Glenconner, Sir Owen Phillip, Sir T. Vezey Strong, Lionel Martin, Faithfull Begg, Stanley Machin, Albert Sytner, Alfred Docker, John Cockburn, Algernon Firth, Sir J. W. Teverner, Harry Wilson, Robert Hadfield, Generals Branckner and Caddell, Maj Van der Spuy, Major Lord Roberts Innes Kerr, Capt Hambro, Capt Wilkinson, Capt Hucks, Captains Turner, Lyons, and Hope; John Cates, C.J. Fairfax Scott, Charles Musgrave.
Security Council meeting on South Africa crisis at United Nations headquarters in New York, United States. Dignitary speaks during the council meeting. Name plates in front of him read 'President' and 'United States'. Dignitaries and personnel present at the meeting. The Security Council places South Africa's apartheid crisis on its agenda, over South Africa protests. Meanwhile in South Africa, the native work stoppage continues and thousands march in protest against government policies. Factories near sea. People stand in a line at a shop. Protesters carry caskets as they demonstrate on road.
A newsreel titled 'Natives Welcome Royalty' shows, Basotho dance with joy as they prepare to welcome the British Royal family in Basutoland, South Africa. Tribesmen ride on horse backs in a procession to welcome the King. They escort the car of King George VI and the Queen. A large crowd comprising of Basothos gather to welcome the royal family.
Vast numbers of horsemen gather to welcome the Governor-General, of Union of South Africa, to Basutoland. Basuto chiefs and leaders pose in ceremonial regalia, including elaborate headdress. A dancer performs on an outcropping of rock. Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Arthur of Connaught arrive, with other British dignitaries, in three open motorcars. Prince Arthur is Governor-General of the Union of South Africa. He and his party are also dressed in formal regalia. His car, the center one, displays the flag of the Union of South Africa. The cars are escorted by horsemen carrying swords. Prince and Princess Arthur and their party on a reviewing stand. Princess Alexandra wears a coat trimmed with ermine at cuffs and hem. Prince Arthur salutes.