Hong Kong – The Handover.

‘I have relinquished the administration of this government. God Save The Queen. Patten.’


Last Governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten transfers sovereignty to the People’s Republic of China on 1 July 1997.

Nothing quite encapsulates the spluttering anticlimactic end of the British Empire as does this dreary, pitiful snap. No drama, no tension, just a timorous ceremony and this accompanying image for posterity.


Sometimes watershed moments of history produce underwhelming accounts. I hate goodbyes, too.

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One thought on “Hong Kong – The Handover.

  1. I remember it so vividly with a tear on my cheek.

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