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State Visits to Britain had never, previous to the visit of the French President, M. Auriol and his wife, been the sole subject of a special number of the ILN. However, so close were the ties between Britain and France since the war that the ILN published
‘The State Visit of the President of the French Republic’

issue. (Appendix List No. 137) on March 18th 1950.

The visit lasted from March 7th to March 10th during which the King and Queen accompanied and entertained their guests to a full round of visits and occasions, from placing a wreath on the grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and lunch at Guildhall to a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace and a Covent Garden Gala Performance. These and other events are recaptured in a fourteen page special supplement, including a colour plate of President and Madame Auriol.
The top third of the advertising wrapper has a crossed Tricolour and Union Jack against the Thames background and the magazine’s special nature is printed in a badge-like frame.
This is issue number 5787, vol. 216, pages 393-440, measuring 37 x 26 cm and priced at two shillings.

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