Morning of June 30, 1997
June 30, 1997. The last day of British rule in Hong Kong. The day was filled with pomp and ceremony, as British flags were taken down throughout Hong Kong and British military personnel marched in Hong Kong one last time.
|At the Hong Kong governor's mansion, Hong Kong
police in dress uniform took down the Royal Jack.
|The flag was then presented to the last British
governor of Hong Kong, Christopher Patten. Standing solemnly in the rain was
onlookers watched, the governor seemed saddened, with tears in his eyes as the Hong Kong
Royal Police band played its tune. In his five years as governor, Mr. Patten had
pushed through democratic reforms in Hong Kong's government.
|Later, the British held a farewell ceremony at
their base HMS Tamar in the pouring rain.