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Republic Day: Another milestone in Malta’s history

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This is the historic speech delivered by Sir Anthony Mamo just moments after he was sworn-in as Malta’s first President.

He is seen on the Palace balcony, addressing a large crowd gathered in St George’s Square in Valletta.

On 13 December1974, the country’s constitution was revised, transforming Malta from a Commonwealth Realm to a Republic within the Commonwealth.

The change meant that The Queen was no longer Malta’s head of state and her Governor-General, Sir Anthony Mamo, became President.

The anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Malta is marked every year as a national holiday.

The serving President of Malta presents honours and awards to those who have served Malta and are deemed to be worthy representatives of the country.

A fireworks display is usually held over the Grand Harbour and a traditional Trooping the Colour parade takes places in St George’s Square.

The salute is taken by the President, as the commander-in-chief of Malta’s armed forces.

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