Traces of London's morning fog were still in the air, Oct 17, when King Mahendra and Queen Ratna of Nepal arrived from Gatwick Airport at Victoria Station to be welcomed by Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family.
SV King out of train, greeted by Queen Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh - Queen of Nepal greeted.
CV Royals talking - move to greet Princess Margaret and husband and Duchess of Gloucester.
CU Queen talks to King.
CV Move over to members of government.
CV Nepalese guests.
CV King greets Macmillan, Butler and Lord Home.
LV Royals continue greetings.
CU Union Jack and Nepalese flag.
GV EXT..King inspects guard of honour.
SLV Coach takes up position.
SV Queen Elizabeth and King enter coach.
MV Duke of Edinburgh, Queen of Nepal and son in second coach.
MV First coach moves off - zoom to G/V and second coach on move.
SLV Household Cavalry move along Parliament Square.
CU People wave.
SLV PAN..Queen Elizabeth and King pass in coach
SLV PAN..Second coach with Duke of Edinburgh Queen of Nepal and son.
ELEVATED SLV..Household Cavalry along Mall.
MV Queen and King of Nepal.
MV Second coach and occupants.
SV PAN..Queen and King of Nepal.
ELEVATED VIEW..from Palace roof - first carriage enters gates.
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Background: Traces of London's morning fog were still in the air, Oct 17, when King Mahendra and Queen Ratna of Nepal arrived from Gatwick Airport at Victoria Station to be welcomed by Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal Family.
Crowds including Nepalese students watched outside the station as King Mahendra, in ornate uniform, saluted while his country's national anthem was played. After the inspection of a guard of honour, guests and hosts left for the State drive to Buckingham Palace, with the Nepalese King and Queen Elizabeth riding in the first carriage and Queen Ratna, the Duke and Nepal's Crown Prince Birendra - who is at Eton - sharing the second, followed by two other carriages.
People lining the processional route had been waiting patiently for several hours. Headscarves, mufflers and turned-up collars were the order of the day. Waves of cheers rose as the crowd saw the Sovereign's Escort of Household Cavalry in full glittering pomp ride beside the carriages. Scarlet outriders preceded the procession. At several points, the Union Jack was flying side by side with the Nepalese double pennant showing a stylised sun and moon.
The Nepalese Royal couple's three-day State visit will be followed by a fortnight's official visit, including an extensive tour of England and Scotland.