Her Majesty's Visit to Hong Kong (Speeches by Sir MacLehose, Sir YK and QEII), 4 May 1975
Speeches made in The City Hall, Central
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港督演詞 Speech by Sir MacLehose
Your Excellency, (inaudible),
This is the first (inaudible) has come here. We, the people of Hong Kong, are proud and encouraged that Your Majesty should be paying us this visit now. It is a moment of real historical significance. The predominant immersion at this moment is a further wish that Your Majesty and Your Royal Highness will enjoy your short stay amongst us, that you will be able to see the way we live, and also some of the ways we enjoy ourselves. And above all, the sort of people we are, and the sort of community we are. We dare to hope that having seen a little of this, you will like it.
To supplement what can be seen in such a short time, we have prepared an exhibition. We hope this will all serve the interests to a very wide public. For the visit of Your Majesty and Your Royal Highness, it is a good time to remove misconceptions and to remind ourselves and others what Hong Kong has done, what it now is and what it could be.
Your Majesty and Your Royal Highness, on behalf of Hong Kong, I extend a very sincere, a very loyal welcome.
英女皇演詞 Speech by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Your Excellency, Sir Yuet-keung Kan,
Prince Philip and I thank you for your welcome.
He has visited Hong Kong before, as have other members of my family. And I have heard about much about it from them. I also keep in touch with your affairs through state papers, so although this may be my first visit, I do not feel a stranger.
But seeing is believing, and I am delighted with what I have seen and look forward very much to the next three days. I am particularly glad of this initial moment of ceremony because it gives me an opportunity to greet you all, the people of Hong Kong.
The circumstances that have produced modern Hong Kong are unique, and I cannot be any other community quite like it. Your reputation stands high in the world. Few other communities have had greater problems to deal with, or have confronted them with greater vigour, or have survived and improved the life of their members against greater odds.
Hong Kong is famous for this, as it is for the vivid colour and movement of its densely packed life for the beauty of its scenery. I can assure you that it is a real pleasure and an excitement for Prince Philip and me to be here.