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Queen to honour Everest conquest

The Queen, accompanied by Prince Philip, will attend an evening of documentary films.

india Updated: May 29, 2003 19:47 IST

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is to mark the 50th anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest by going to the movies with members of the history-making expedition.

The Queen,accompanied by Prince Philip,will attend an evening of documentary films and talks in central London's Leicester Square titled"Endeavour on Everest," organisers said on Wednesday.

Joining her to discuss their adventures will be a number of members of the expedition that helped Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the top of the world's highest peak on May 29, 1953.

"It changed all our lives. It was the lift that Britain needed in austere times," recalled George Band,74,who was the youngest member of the expedition.

Lined up to speak at the event,hosted by Sir David Attenborough,are three former Everest summiteers -- Sir Chris Bonington,Doug Scott and Stephen Venables.

Historic photographs of Mount Everest from the archives of the Royal Geographic Society are also to be exhibited at the Atlas Gallery in London from Sunday.

Hillary,83,who has been in Nepal this week for the anniversary,is to be back in the British capital for a dinner next Wednesday for his Himalayan Trust,which assists Sherpa communities in the mountain kingdom.

First Published: May 29, 2003 10:44 IST