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    Against a background of intrigue and planned assassination, the youngest monarch in the world, King Jigme Singhi Wangohuk, was formally installed as ruler of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan on Sunday (7 June).

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    GV India Bhutan border, the colour Bhutan gate in the background.


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    Another shot as above.


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    Shote of the Gateway to Bhutan, colourful work.


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    More shots as above showing activity.


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    Reverse shot, Bhutan police lifte the barricade...goes up slowly, vehicles cross over.


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    Shots on the road docorated with colourful prayer flags on the occasion ??? coronation of the King.


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    Tracking shot of the road as the vehicle moves into Bhutan.


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    Prayer flags on the sides of the road.



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    Pan on mountains at the foothills, rising high.


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    Two more shots of the mountains.


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    A village nestling in the mountainside, just a few huts.


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    GV mountains zoom to MV of the village.


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    Another village.


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    Two shots of the villege...note almost absence of population because the country is sparsely populated.


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    GV the vast plains of India as seen from the high mountains of Bhutan.


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    A goat on the hill side.



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    Low clouds and mist over the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan.


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    Tracking shot to show thw winding road through the mist and fog.


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    A family walking along the road..


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    Family go past the camera... to CV of the child.


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    Back GV as the family walke away.


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    GV two shots scenics of breathtaking beauty of mountains and Bhutan.


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    Pan on dense forests and tall trees.


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    Last 20 ft on this roll show a Bhutanese labour woman breaking stones. These are inter used for road building ect.



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    A mountain rivulet, water gushing through.


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    A group of Bhutanese talking as they rest from work of breaking stones.


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    Pan on the mountain rivulet.


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    Two women busy working, one breaking stones the other smoking.


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    CV of the sign "Work with Hature" zoom open to show a mountain rivulet and water fall.


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    More shots of the above seene to bring cut the idea of naturee harmony and Bhutanese clogan for that. Last shot ??? apat in picturcugu area.



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    0-30 a suspension bridge over a mountain stream.



    another shot, a jeepl crossing the bridge.



    Two shots of the stream, water gushing through.


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    31'-90'; A village on the hille side, children rushing down.



    cattle being led back to the village, climb the hill side.



    Cowherd guiding the cattle up the path.



    CV of a Bhutanese village woman...track back with her as she walks.



    CV children.



    Cattle towards village.



    BCV of an old man of the village.


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    81-end; A farmer ploughing his fields in the village.



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    THIS 200FT COMMAG STOCK, BUT SHOT MUTE:


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    Various shots of the crowd in the stadium, CVs of faces etc.


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    Colourfully attired people of Bhutan gathered in the stadium.


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    More shots of people, children etc.


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    Boweral shots of colourfully attirod group of from different regions of Bhutan waiting on the roadside for the Indian President.


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    Two shots of the river Thimpu Chu as it goes through Thimpu city.


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    Shot of the willow tress linging the roads of Thimpu.


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    Various shots of Lamas getting dressed for their ceremonial welcome giving is the visiting heads of state.


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    Close of the faces of Lamas in formal colourful attire.



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    THIS IS ALSO COMMAG STOCK 400FT SHOT MUTE BUT FROM ABOUT 72FT ON PULSE SYASTEN.


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    Vasious shots of Lamas sounding their horns, bearing drums, eymbals etc in a formal welcome to the President of India.



    CVL of the Lamas playing musical instruments.


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    President Giri and King Jigme walk down.


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    King Jigme takes his seat an President Giri proceeds for further ???


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    President Giri taking salute from the Royal Bhutan Army.


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    President Giri inspecting Guard of Honour.


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    In between are two shots of the band playing.


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    Shot of the Indian President and King Jigme.


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    President Giri leaving the stadium. Shot of King Jigme.


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    Various shots of Lamas playing their musical instruments, now for the President of Bangle Desh.


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    CVs of the ??? playing music etc.. all on pulse.


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    Daneers lead the motoreade of Bangla Desh President.


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    King Jigme receives the President of Bangle Desh with formal exchange of ???


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    Bangla Desh President being welcomed by the rest of the Royal family and other senior people of Bhutan government.


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    King Jigme and Bangla Desh President walk together.


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    KIng Jigme with Queen mother and two senior government ministers talking.


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    GV Palace area of Thimpu with colourful flags, etc, zoom to CV of the flag of Bhutan.


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    CV flag of Bhutan zoom open to the Palace area.


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    Interior of TASCHICHHODZONG (Pronounce Tashizong) meaning the fort of ??? the royal chapel and secretariat of Bhutan. Foreground tall building is the chapel.


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    Another shot...Both these shots have been taken during rain.


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    Three different shots of roses in the Dzong area...note earlier shots of the palace area which showed flower beds of roses in the foreground.


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    Top GV Thimpu city..zoom to CV of the National Hemorial of Chorten.


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    Three more shots with emphasis on Chorten and the spread of the area.


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    A family walking down the road, child on the back of a woman etc.



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    Farmers in the field, ploughing their fields with ancient wooden ploughs though with a bit of steel at the tip of the plough.


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    Close up of plogh, cattle, farmer ploughing the field etc.


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    MV of a small village, monaster a small group of children sitting.


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    Close ups of children's faces.



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    Two GVs of the TASCHICHHODZONG the main secretariat or seat of the Government Bhutan to show its vastness.


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    MV showing the chapel area of the Dzong pan to the secretariat.


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    Several different street scenes of the main bazar (shopping centre) of Thimpu.


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    Various shots of the shops, note colourful little windows, total absence of sign boards.


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    Bazar activity people walking up and won etc, faces.


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    A shop keeper watching from his little window. crowds of people outside the shops.


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    A group of Bhutanses looking at the arrows which a villager was selling etc.



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    C-64ft colour ful Bhutan army bad readies, practising, then start playing various shots of the band playing.


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    GV of the Taschidzorg where the ceremony was held.


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    Prince Brindera of Nepal arriving to attend the ceremony.


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    President of Bangla Desh and his wife arrive for the ceremony.


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    Various shots of mr. LHENDUP DORJI, the former exiled Prime Minister who has been granted Royal pardon talking to the press men...this is upto 134'.


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    135' to 158': President Giri and wife arrive and go up the steps of Dzong.


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    Bhutan Royal family led by the Queen mother arrive and go up, LHENDUP DORJI follows.


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    The start of the Royal procession.


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    Several different shots of the processiom, singers, dancer, colourful flags, dresses, elephant, horse walking up the steps etc.


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    At about 358' ate the Ministers of the Butan government..then the King and others.


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    King Singye arrives in the courtyard of the Chapel...walking down..is received by the head Lama with formal exchange of scarves.


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    King Singye stands in the main courtyard of the Ghanel in formal acceptance of the sacrd Narchangs ceremony.



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    King Sinye Dorji Wangehuk goes in after the Marchang ceremony towards the inner chapel for throne room.


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    20 to 28' ft is the shot of the Chogyan OF SIKKIM WHO ALSO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY.


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    Inside the throne room...GV of the throne room, guests seated, zoom to CV of the King.


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    Head Lama seated next to the Kind.


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    Various shots of Bangle Desh President, followed by shots of Mrs. Giri Various religious sacred offering lying in front of the king, Gaered Tenkha at top, Tea and nuts being served to theguests by the Lamas, shot of the King, Chogyal of Sikkim seated and chewing something, President Giri, far in the background is the Queen mother, more shots of the throne room and the King seated, VIPs seated, CVs of the offerings ???ying in from of the head Lama and the King, GV ceremony etc. In the courtyard several different shots of the Lamas dancing, drinks and food being brought for the guests, People Watching etc.



    A Lame with his prayer wheel outside the palace, CV prayer wheel etc.




    Initials


    1: For news service the material of intrrest covering arrivals of President Giri and Bangladesh president are in Roll 7., which also has GVs of ??? city. This roll start on pulse from 72Ft onwards. End is again mu???
    2: FOR TELECINE SLIDE SERVICE: GV Thimpu City (Roll-7), TaschiDzong (Roll-9)
    There was no actual crowning ceremony, but merely putting ground of of five scarves which was done in chapel. Press was allowed in the throne room for just about five minutes. Details are in shot list which has to be readied in a jiffy to catch the flight for Bagdogn.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Against a background of intrigue and planned assassination, the youngest monarch in the world, King Jigme Singhi Wangohuk, was formally installed as ruler of the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan on Sunday (7 June). Only 24 hours before, the Bhutan people had been told of a plot to assassinate their new 18 year-old ruler.

    The Government Bulletin, which is the State's only newspaper, had reported on Saturday that 30 people, including the Deputy Home Affairs Minister - and the Commandant of the Royal Bhutan Police - had been arrested in connection with the plot, which had been uncovered in March.

    Nevertheless, the ancient and colourful installation ceremony took place without a hitch in the Throne Room of the Tashichho Dzong - the building which houses both the Government Secretariat and the country's chief Buddhist monastery in Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan. Hundreds of Bhutan's population of just over a million flocked into Thimpu from surrounding villages for the Buddhist celebrations.

    For the occasion, the capital had been re-decorated and a stadium and hotel had been specially built at the cost of nearly GBP 2 million (approximately 4.2 million dollars). The flag-bedecked streets were lined with Lamas (monks) and officials, some of them in medieval helmets reminiscent of Ghengis Khan's warriors. Dancers and singers in red and blue costumes, performed in the courtyard of the Dzong.

    The King sat on a gilded throne for the ceremony, dressed in the traditional Bhutanese Kho - a multi-coloured plaid of Knee-length silk. He also were a yellow scarf, wound toga-like around his shoulders, and black boots.

    It was the first time that Bhutan had opened its doors to the outside world on such a scale, and ad well as photographers and journalists, there were more than 150 guests from some 20 countries. King Jigme Singhi is fourth in line of the Wangohuk dynasty, and succeeds his father, King Jigme Dorji, who died in July 1972.

    As the young monarch approached the Dzong, guns boomed out over a nearby valley. The Head Lama handed him a ceremonial white scarf as he entered the courtyard. Beneath a large silk painting hung on the ??? wall of the old tower, was placed an alter carved out of butter - an old Tibetan art form.

    The King and the Head Lama stood side by side on a raised platform while the religious leader chanted prayers, then both went inside the Dzong to the Throne Room on the second floor.

    Among the guests at the rarely seen ceremony, was the eighty-year-old President of India, Mr. V. V. Giri. He had been carried to the ceremony in a sedan chair. Also present was President Mohammadullah of Bangladesh, Prince Dhirendra, the younger brother of the King of Nepal, The Chogyan of Sikkim and the ambassadors of the United States, the Soviet Union, The People's Republic of China, France and Britain.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2Y1OZV7NUB8WDUUHZCQGZSRW1
    Media URN:
    VLVA2Y1OZV7NUB8WDUUHZCQGZSRW1
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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