• Short Summary

    A vast gathering of 2 1/2 million people - almost the entire population of New Delhi - were joined by Queen Elizabeth and the Kuke of Edinburgh January 26, to watch the grand parade in celebration of the eleventh anniversary of the Republic of India.

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    A vast gathering of 2 1/2 million people - almost the entire population of New Delhi - were joined by Queen Elizabeth and the Kuke of Edinburgh January 26, to watch the grand parade in celebration of the eleventh anniversary of the Republic of India.

    It was a unique display, hitherto unequalled in the Indian capital for its colour and majesty. The splendour of the occasion was enhanced by bright sunshine from a flawless sky.

    As open landau carried the Queen, Prince Philip, and President Prasas from the Presidential Palac, two helicopters laid a carpet of marigold petals along their path to the saluting base. Their carriage was escorted by scarlet-clad cavalry of the President's bodyguard - each man at least six feet tall.

    At the stand, they were greeted by Premier Nehru and Defence Minister Krishna Palace amid tumultuous applause from the crowds.

    First in the parade came smart detachments of cavalry. Then the grenadiers of the Camel Corps and line after line of famous regiments in the military history of both countries.

    The Queen sat next to vice-President Radharishnan as tanks, guns and paratroops were followed by a file of gaily decorated elephants who threw their trunks up in salute as they passed the saluting base.

    Then came a parade of schoolboys and girls waving coloured banners. In the rear of this was a long procession of beautifully constructed floats representing every state in India.

    An explosive fly-past by 75 jet aircraft, the release of thousands of balloons and the end of an enthralling show.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2GWU3ZHYQVW31OGJUL1OMO0O3
    Media URN:
    VLVA2GWU3ZHYQVW31OGJUL1OMO0O3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/01/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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