• Short Summary

    THOUSANDS OF GAILY DRESSED PEOPLE LINED THE STREETS OF BRUNEI TOWN IN BRUNEI YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) BEFORE THE CORONATION OF THE 22-YEAR-OLD SULTAN, HASSAN AL BOLKIAH.

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    THOUSANDS OF GAILY DRESSED PEOPLE LINED THE STREETS OF BRUNEI TOWN IN BRUNEI YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) BEFORE THE CORONATION OF THE 22-YEAR-OLD SULTAN, HASSAN AL BOLKIAH. THE NEW RULER WAS CROWNED BY HIS FATHER, SIR OMAR ALI SAIFFUDIN, WHO ABDICATED IN OCTOBER LAST YEAR.

    WEARING TRADITIONAL MALAY-STYLE DRESS OR NEAT SHIRTS AND TROUSERS, THE CROWDS FILLED THE STREETS AS THE YOUNG SULTAN'S MOTORCADE DREW NEAR. POLICE AND SECURITY FORCES FROM THE ROYAL BRUNEI MALAY REGIMENT WERE AROUND THE CITY BUT THERE WAS A FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE THROUGHOUT.

    IN A SPEECH FROM THE THRONE, THE SULTAN PROMISED TO CARRY ON POLICIES AIMED TO IMPROVING LIVING STANDARDS IN HIS COUNTRY AND TO PRESERVE PEACE AND PROSPERITY. HE AND HIS FATHER PLAN TO VISIT BRITAIN SOON FOR TALKS ON THE FUTURE OF BRUNEI. THE CORONATION CEREMONY WAS PLANNED AS AN OCCASION LONG TO BE REMEMBERED, AND THAT IS HOW IT DEVELOPED.

    THERE WAS A BIG PARTY OF SPECIAL GUESTS, INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER LEE KUAN YEW OF SINGAPORE AND THE MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER, TUN ABDUL RAHMAN. THE CENTRE OF THE CELEBRATIONS WAS THE NEWLY-BUILT ROYAL PALACE, WHICH COST MORE THAN GPB1-MILLION STERLING. THE THRONE HOUSE WHERE THE CROWNING CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IS MADE FROM BURMESE TEAK, WITH GOLD CARVINGS, MOSAICS AND CUT GLASS. THE ROYAL THRONE IS SIX FEET TALL IN HAND-CARVED TEAK, WITH INLAID GOLD LEAF FINISH AND GOLD VELVET.

    BRUNEI IS AN OIL-RICH SULTANATE, SANDWICHED BETWEEN MALAYSIAN SARAWAK AND SABAH. SULTAN HASSAN AL BOLKIAH IS BRUNEI'S 29TH RULER. HE WAS AN OFFICER CADET AT SANDHURST MILITARY COLLEGE IN ENGLAND UNTIL HIS FATHER'S ABDICATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA91X9U4MHDDIME4W29OKS3MVCB
    Media URN:
    VLVA91X9U4MHDDIME4W29OKS3MVCB
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/08/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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