The Duke of Edinburgh was President Prasad's special guest at the annual Republic Day parade, Delhi, Jan 26.
The Duke of Edinburgh was President Prasad's special guest at the annual Republic Day parade, Delhi, Jan 26. Before the parade Premier Nehru asked the Duke to tour the streets in a jeep in response to the multitudes' clamour.
At 9:15 am Dr. Prasad arrived in the State coach, flanked by a majestic cavalry escort. When he had taken up his position the parade began.
Centurian and AMX tanks led the columns of men and machines. Contrasting with these steel war horses was the 61st. Cavalry Regiment, resplendent, stirring.
Next came the Camel Corps. Every animal seemed to sense the importance of the occasion and all held their head high with that dignified aloofness that only camels can achieve.
Then followed regimental bands, infantrymen, Rajputs, Sikhs and the legendary Gurkhas - the latter were given an extra special cheer.
After the military parade, the cavalcade of regional groups and tableaux. There were villagers from Central India, Lama dancers from Himalayan Sikkim, hundreds of dancing flag-waving children, dozens of different native tableaux, a host of singing, dancing people. It was a wonderfully colourful, exotic pageant.
The climb was an Indian Air Force fly-past of jets - Canberra bombers, Vampires, Mysteries, Gnats and Hunters.