Royalty | 1910 | Sound + Silent | B/W
The Czar, the Kaiser and the Emperor – reviewing troops and attending ceremonies.
Jaunty piano music plays in the background and an announcer starts speaking in the middle of a sentence:
“…army parades, it is returning from ¬a military review by the Kaiser of Potsdam.”
A street in Berlin lined with crowds of waving people watch a large infantry company march past, with white hat plumes swinging, followed by a band, then probably Kaiser Wilhelm11 on horseback escorted by about ten cavalrymen, next come soldiers with lowered flags and finally a company of about 100 infantry with rifles on their shoulders.
Another large body of cavalry follow on, then more groups of cavalrymen carrying tall pennants accompanied by some rather bouncy piano music.
“In Austria the aged Emperor Franz Joseph still attends social functions.”
To the tune of Bread of Heaven we switch to a clip showing the elderly Emperor walking towards the camera in a tree-lined road, he is in full dress uniform, saluting this way and that, accompanied by many other uniformed officers.
A bevy of eager women in long white dresses, holding bouquets, wait to greet dignitaries, possibly the Kaiser and his wife Augusta Victoria.
“But the Austrian army holds reviews too, this review is held before the Archduke Franz Ferdinand whose assassination in 1914 precipitated the First World War.”
The piano accompaniment continues behind the announcer’s voice, and we see a party of cavalry ride forward and then line up on a wide open ground with imposing buildings in the distance. A cavalryman with sword at his side then greets women in large ornate hats who are sitting in a stationary carriage, while several horsemen are seen waiting behind.
More mounted soldiers group together while an Officer bows and salutes with his sword. A large company of infantry are seen coming forwards led by a flag bearer; the piano accompaniment is taken from Tchaikovsky’s March of the Toy Soldiers.
“1910 The Kaiser makes what was hoped to be a significant gesture for peace, he visits King George and the prince of Wales and here they are seen leaving the military tournament at Olympia.”
The King & the Kaiser get into a carriage and salute, a young lad holds the horse of the next carriage bearing Queen Mary and Kaiserin Augusta, and a third one follows on.
The piano accompaniment ends here.
This new section is silent apart from some occasional commentary in a different more conversational tone:
“Czar Nicholas, dissatisfied with the overall results took over from his own Commander-in-chief; through the diplomatic channels he was heard to complain, like Joseph Stalin so many years after, only greater effort by his Western Allies could relieve the strain, open a third front now.”
On the Eastern front the Czar and other officers, all in greatcoats, review infantry troops in a wide open field with tall trees behind, they salute and walk past the massed soldiers who stand to attention. As they walk away the Czar talks to the very tall Grand Duke Nicholas, with the troops now in the background.
Another different section begins with a screen title, which scrolls twice; no sound.
A short clip shows a wide tree-lined street; the Kaiser wearing a cloak, followed by his dachsund dog, leaves a small group of men, crosses the pavement and gets into a waiting car.
He is next seen reviewing a large company of infantry who are marching along a country road, he salutes while standing under trees to the left with a group of officers. Then a large body of cavalry rides past, pennants flying, this time in a wide street with large buildings.
On screen title:
Rare picture of
Czar, his Army,
and his Court.
The Czar and Czarina Alexandra meet some veterans and soldiers, their daughters the Grand Duchesses stand behind them. In another ceremony the Czar and Czarina, and the Czarevitch Alexei walk together through an archway, followed by more family and members of the court, men in full dress uniforms, ladies in long white dresses and big hats. Czar Nicholas is seen reviewing more troops, taking the salute and accompanied by his officers.
On screen title:
Emperor Franz Joseph
His Mistake Started
The Greatest of
The elderly Emperor climbs rather stiffly from a horse-drawn carriage to be greeted by priests in surplices and a bishop in a mitre carrying a crozier.
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