• Short Summary

    At a precise moment, chosen by court astrologers, on Monday (24 February), the world's only Hindu monarch -- King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva of Nepal -- will be crowned 20th King of the Sha Dynasty and 10th Gurkha King of Nepal.

  • Description

    At a precise moment, chosen by court astrologers, on Monday (24 February), the world's only Hindu monarch -- King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva of Nepal -- will be crowned 20th King of the Sha Dynasty and 10th Gurkha King of Nepal.

    In Katmandu, capital of Nepal, final preparations are under way for the occasion. Commemorative archways have been constructed along the route of the royal procession, and all buildings have been given a fresh coat of paint.

    Dress rehearsals, involving Gurkha troops and thousands of Nepalese dignitaries and children, have been taking place along the procession route and in the large Tundihkel parade ground. More than 20 royal elephants will also take part in the coronation procession, bearing the newly-crowned King and his Queen, and other members of the royal family.

    The 29-year-old King Birendra has, in fact, been king of Nepal's 12 million people since the sudden death of his father, King Mahendra, in 1972. Plans for the coronation have been delayed until now because astrologers decided that the omens for 1974 -- the year 2030 in the Nepalese calender -- were unfavourable.

    Among the foreign guests at the coronation, which will begin on Sunday (23 February), will be Britain's Prince Charles, Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko of Japan, and Prince Henricks of Denmark. The Presidents of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will also attend, along with high-ranking dignitaries from other countries with which Nepal has diplomatic relations.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6X60DGMSH8QN7T3N7HG78M9EQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA6X60DGMSH8QN7T3N7HG78M9EQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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