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Lloyd George: farming, officiating and breakfasting

Lloyd George gets about: he is the subject of a photo shoot in his Surrey orchard and officiates at a literary event and a royal visit to N. Wales.

Amateur film 1936 13 mins Silent

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Compilation showing various engagements undertaken by Lloyd George. He visits his farm Bron-y-de at Churt, Surrey, and officiates both at writer Daniel Owen's centenary celebrations in Mold on 30/7/1936 and at the new King's visit to Caernarfon on 15/7/1937 in his role as Constable of the castle. He breakfasts with wife Margaret and daughter Megan, who suffer his cigar smoke, and is also seen at an outdoor event involving the presentation of a silver salver to Margaret.

The opening shots on this reel – showing Lloyd George in an orchard at ‘Bron-y-de' – must surely be some of the most attractive shots available of the aged politician, his white hair and grey suit blending beautifully with the pink blossom. He is filmed by his private secretary, A J Sylvester, who accompanies him to the centenary celebrations in Bromley Park of the Mold-born author regarded as the first Welsh-language novelist, and to Caernarfon Castle where Lloyd George is seen discussing the preparations with, possibly, Henry Morris-Jones (Hon. Treasurer and Hon. Secretary of the Reception Committee co-ordinating the royal visit), with whom Lloyd George disagreed over the choice of music.