• Short Summary

    SHORTLY AFTER THE CORONATION CEREMONY IN GANGTOK ON SUNDAY THOUSANDS OF GUESTS AND SIKKIMESE WALKED PAST THE NEWLY ENTHRONED CHOGYAL AND GYALMO OF SIKKIM.

  • Description

    SHORTLY AFTER THE CORONATION CEREMONY IN GANGTOK ON SUNDAY THOUSANDS OF GUESTS AND SIKKIMESE WALKED PAST THE NEWLY ENTHRONED CHOGYAL AND GYALMO OF SIKKIM.

    THE ROYAL COUPLE SAT ON THRONES -- THE KING'S A FOOT HIGHER THAN THE QUEEN'S -- AS THE GUESTS FILED PAST AND PRESENTED THE CHOGYAL WITH WHITE SILK SCARVES, ABOUT 12 FOOT (4 METRES) IN LENGTH.THE SCARVES ARE A TRADITIONAL BUDDHIST TOKEN OF RESPECT AND WELCOME.

    PALDEN THONDUP NAMGYAL, THE KING, AND HIS AMERICAN BORN WIFE -- FORMERLY MISS HOPE COOKE OF NEW YORK -- LOOKED HAPPY AND RELAXED AFTER THE CORONATION CEREMONY.THE KING WAS DRESSED IN GOLD BROCADES, THE QUEEN WORE SCARLET AND GOLD.

    THE NEW KING, WHO WAS THEN CROWN PRINCE AND A WIDOWER WITH THREE CHILDREN, MET MISS HOPE IN DARJEELING, NORTHERN INDIA, SIX YEARS AGO, AND THEY MARRIED FOUR YEARS LATER.THEY HAVE ONE SON.

    THE CHOGYAL, WHO IS 41 YEARS OLD, SUCCEEDED HIS FATHER A YEAR AGO.BUT THE CORONATION HAD TO WAIT UNTIL A SPECIFIC TIME ON SUNDAY -- THE TIME WAS SPECIFIED BY ASTROLOGERS.

    OVER ONE THOUSAND GUESTS ATTENDED THE RECEPTION IN BEAUTIFUL WEATHER.PRECEDING THE CORONATION THE WEATHER HAD BEEN EXCEPTIONALLY BAD AND THE SIKKIMESE ATTRIBUTED THE SUDDEN FINE SPELL TO THE MYSTIC POWERS OF THE LAMAS.

    IN HIS ENTHRONEMENT SPEECH, THE KING SAID HE AND HIS WIFE REGARDED THEIR CORONATION AS A MIGHTY CHALLENGE.HE PLEDGED THAT HE AND HIS WIFE WOULD WORK TO DANISH FROM SIKKIM POVERTY, IGNORANCE, AND DISEASE."TOGETHER MAY WE MAKE SIKKIM A PARADISE ON EARTH", HE SAID.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABOXXQRJDA6XB1V46YIO6OAKBS
    Media URN:
    VLVABOXXQRJDA6XB1V46YIO6OAKBS
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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