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David Lloyd George’s Golden Wedding Anniversary

16mm, 1938, 14 minutes, Colour, Silent, Amateur film, A J Sylvester

David Lloyd George and his wife Margaret may have spoken Welsh, the language of heaven, but Lloyd George as a husband certainly had feet of clay. But here they are, with their family, celebrating, for better or worse, their 50 year old marriage at a very comfortable hotel – the Câp d’Antibes – in the south of France, where there is golf for the men and fine dining afterwards. Also included are shots of “larch gathering” and a new apiary at “LG’s” farm Bron-y-de at Churt in Surrey. Here Lloyd George is seen with  his son Gwilym (at the time Liberal MP for Pembrokeshire), Gwilym's wife Edna and their son David, plus Major Nathan, a local friend, and Ann Parry, a bee-keeper and member of Lloyd George’s secretarial staff.

This is one of a number of reels shot by Lloyd George’s Principal Private Secretary, A J Sylvester.

NB: 'David Lloyd George’s Golden Wedding Anniversary' is also available for viewing on the BFI Player