In Luang Prabang, ancient capital of Laos, August 10, the Princess Dala, 21 Years old second daughter of the Crown Prince of Laos married 26 years-old Prince Sisouphanouvong, Laos' Director of Civil Aviation.
LV. Laos street scene
SV. Elephants lead procession to Royal Palace
SCU. Prince Sicouphanouveng
LV. Riyal Palace
SV.INT. Wedding ceremony
SV. Prince & Princess
SIDE V. Ceremony
SV. Royal guests etc.
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Background: In Luang Prabang, ancient capital of Laos, August 10, the Princess Dala, 21 Years old second daughter of the Crown Prince of Laos married 26 years-old Prince Sisouphanouvong, Laos' Director of Civil Aviation.
The ruler of Laos, 74 years-old King Sisavang, grandfather of the Bride and uncle of the bridegroom, has been on the throne since 1904, longer than any reigning monarch in the world, but was unable to be present owing to ill health.
In his stead, the Queen presided at the colourful Buddhist ceremony, and the young couple made obeisance to her.
The bridegroom, dressed in gold and gray sarong, had walked half-a-mile in procession to the Palace led by painted elephants laden with symbolic offerings of fruit and flowers and followed by gorgeously-attired courtiers and swordbearers.
Attired in heavily brocaded dark green, the bride, who was educated in France and at Cambridge, England, wore a gold coronet above which her black hair rose in a pagoda-style dressing.
For a short while the threat of war was banished from the minds of the people of Laos as Cabinet Ministers and Army Commanders flew to Luang Prabang for the ceremony.