'We shall not forget you'
In a ceremony marked by pageantry and formality, Britain relinquished the last of its Asian colonies at midnight Monday. With one last playing of "God Save the Queen" and a final lowering of the Union Jack, British rule of Hong Kong ended.
Some 90 minutes later, a new Chinese-sponsored administration was sworn in, beginning a new era for the bustling haven of capitalism dubbed "the Pearl of the Orient." Prince Charles and former Gov. Chris Patten literally sailed off into the night aboard the royal yacht.
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