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Hong Kong Turnover Ceremony

Live coverage of the ceremony proceedings on July, 1, 1997, captures the moment when British soldiers lower the Union Jack and the Hong Kong flag to the strains of "God Save the Queen," followed by the raising of China's red banner with five gold stars as the national anthem plays.

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    Live coverage of the ceremony proceedings on July, 1, 1997, captures the moment when British soldiers lower the Union Jack and the Hong Kong flag to the strains of "God Save the Queen," followed by the raising of China's red banner with five gold stars as the national anthem plays.

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