END OF EMPIRE
Hong Kong: Signed, Sealed and Delivered
The countdown to the end of colonial rule in Hong Kong, at midnight on 30 June 1997, was celebrated with the last grand extravaganza of Britain’s imperial history. The long retreat from the world’s greatest empire had commenced with the withdrawal of the Raj from India 50 years earlier. And now Hong Kong’s return to China would ring down the final curtain. Everyone who witnessed it knew there would never be another occasion quite like the one captured in these pages. ‘End of Empire’ is not merely a record of Hong Kong’s date with destiny but a tribute to what had arguably been the most successful – and therefore the greatest – jewel in the Britannic Crown.