Hong Kong – The Handover.

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

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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.

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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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