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    ETHIOPIANS HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING THE 75TH BIRTHDAY OF THEIR EMPEROR, HAILE SELASSIE I. THE THREE-DAY?

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    ETHIOPIANS HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING THE 75TH BIRTHDAY OF THEIR EMPEROR, HAILE SELASSIE I. THE THREE-DAY CELEBRATION BEGAN ON SATURDAY, THE EVE OF THE EMPEROR'S BIRTHDAY, WITH A FIREWORK DISPLAY AND PARTIES. ON THE EMPEROR'S BIRTHDAY (SUNDAY) A 21-GUN SALUTE HAILED THE DAWN, BUT THE DAY ITSELF BEGAN QUIETLY WITH THANKSGIVING SERVICES IN THE CHURCHES. IT WAS TO WARM UP WITH MANY OFFICIAL PRESENTATIONS HAD CELEBRATIONS DURING THE DAY
    AFTER THE DAWN SALUTE, THE EMPEROR ROSE EARLY TO ATTEND THE SPECIAL SERVICE AT THE KIDANE MEHERET (SAINT MARY) CHURCH. AT 6.30 A.M., HE PROCEEDED TO THE CHURCH IN FULL REGALIA, ACCOMPANIED BY HIS IMPERIAL HIGHNESS THE CROWN PRINCE, LUEL MERID ASMATCH ASFAW WOSSEN, MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL FAMILY, THE PRIME MINISTER, H.E.TSEHAFE TEESAS AKILOU HABTE WOLD, MEMBERS OF THE CABINET AND HIGH RANKING MILITARY AND CIVILIAN OFFICIALS.

    DESPITE THE WEIGHTY ASSEMBLY OF DIGNITARIES, THE SERVICE ITSELF, WAS, IN ITS OWN WAY, QUIET. AT THE DOOR OF THE CHURCH, THE EMPEROR RECEIVED A BOUQUET OF FLOWERS FROM GIRLS REPRESENTING THE CONVENT, AND THEN PROCEEDED TO HIS SEAT OF HONOUR WITHIN THE CHURCH.

    THE SERVICE ENDED AT ABOUT 10 o'CLOCK. RETURNING TO THE GRAND PALACE, THE EMPEROR THANKED A CROWD OF WELL-WISHERS WHO HAD GATHERED TO SEE HIM, BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THE OFFICIAL CEREMONIES. DURING THE LAVISH CEREMONIES, THE PRIME MINISTER, REPRESENTING THE CABINET, CONGRATULATED HIS MAJESTY ON ATTAINING HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY, AND PRESENTED TWO GOLD VASES TO THE EMPEROR. MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE IMPERIAL ETHIOPIAN GOVERNMENT, AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF PRIVATE BODIES, FOLLOWED HIM WITH RICH AND VARIED GIFTS. CHILDREN OF THE ARMED FORCES BROUGHT FLOWERS TO THE EMPEROR,AND WELCOMED HIM WITH SONGS OF PRAISE.

    FOLLOWING THIS, THE EMPEROR APPEARED ON THE BALCONY OF THE PALACE TO GREET THE PEOPLE TO ADDIS ABABA, WHO HAD ASSEMBLED TO EXPRESS THEIR BEST WISHES. THE LORD MAYOR, MR. KENTIBA HEWIOT, SPOKE ON THEIR BEHALF.

    AT NOON HE WAS HOST AT A STATE LUNCHEON, ATTENDED BY CABINET MINISTERS, MILITARY AND CIVILIAN OFFICIALS, AND CITIZENS OF THE CAPITAL.

    A BUSY AFTERNOON FOLLOWED, WITH THE INAUGURATION OF A NEWLY COMPLETED RESERVOIR AT GEFERSA, AND LATER THE INSPECTION OF A HOUSING PROJECT IN THE KOLFE REGION. THE DAY WAS TO END WITH FURTHER SPLENDID CELEBRATIONS - AN HONORARY LUNCHEON IN THE CITY HALL PRESENTED BY THE MAYOR OF ADDIS ABABA.

    HAILE SELASSIE, EMPEROR, CONQUERING LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, ELECT OF GOD, KING OF KINGS, LOOKS BACK ON 37 YEARS OF RULE. DURING THIS TIME HE GAVE ETHIOPIA ITS PERFECT WRITTEN CONSTITUTION IN 3000 YEARS, ITS FIRST PARLIAMENT, AND A HISTORY OF EDUCATIONAL ADVANCE AND ECONOMIC PROGRESSION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACN2ZAD7IBWSC3673EMU63DA5F
    Media URN:
    VLVACN2ZAD7IBWSC3673EMU63DA5F
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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