• Short Summary

    PALDEN THONDUP NAMGYAL AND HIS WIFE, FORMER NEW YORKER MISS HOPE COOKE, WERE ENTHRONED YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AS THE CHOGYAL (KING) AND GYALMO (QUEEN) OF SIKKIM IN A BRILLIANT BUDDHIST CEREMONY IN GANGTOK.

  • Description

    1.
    GV MOUNTAINS
    0.05

    2.
    GV MOUNTAINS, TILT DOWN TO GANGTOK
    0.16

    3.
    LV PRAYER FLAGS
    0.22

    4.
    LV CHAPEL
    0.26

    5.
    GV INT..OF CHAPEL
    0.30

    6.
    SV LAMAS
    0.35

    7.
    SV GUESTS ARRIVE
    0.39

    8.
    CU PEOPLE OUTSIDE
    0.44

    9.
    LV LAMAS ARRIVING (3 SHOTS)
    0.57

    10.
    LV KING AND QUEEN ARRIVE
    1.00

    11.
    CU & LV..KING AND QUEEN TOWARDS CAMERA
    1.08

    12.
    SV SEATED INSIDE CHAPEL
    1.13

    13.
    CU KING PUTTING ON ROBES
    1.20

    14.
    LV SITTING DOWN
    1.25

    15.
    CU LAMA PERFORMS CEREMONY, WALKS TO KING
    1.43

    16.
    SV KING'S MOTHER HOLDS BABY PRINCE
    1.47

    17.
    SV PEOPLE LOOK ON
    1.50

    18.
    SV LAMA AND SCARF CEREMONY
    1.57

    19.
    CU QUEEN
    1.59

    20.
    CU KING
    2.02



    Initials AA/V/JH/ES



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: PALDEN THONDUP NAMGYAL AND HIS WIFE, FORMER NEW YORKER MISS HOPE COOKE, WERE ENTHRONED YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AS THE CHOGYAL (KING) AND GYALMO (QUEEN) OF SIKKIM IN A BRILLIANT BUDDHIST CEREMONY IN GANGTOK.

    IN HIS ENTHRONEMENT SPEECH THE CHOGYAL SAID HIS COUNTRY'S GEOGRAPHICAL SITUATION -- IT IS SANDWICHED BETWEEN INDIA AND THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA -- RAISED PROBLEMS, BUT SIKKIM FELT SECURE IN INDIA'S PROTECTION, AND WAS RESOLVED TO MAINTAIN ITS NATIONAL IDENTITY.(SIKKIM IS AN INDIAN PROTECTORATE).

    HE SAID HE AND HIS WIFE REGARDED THEIR CROWNING AS A HIGH ADVENTURE AND A MIGHTY CHALLENGE.THEIR AIM WAS TO BANISH FROM SIKKIM POVERTY, IGNORANCE AND DISEASE."TOGETHER MAY WE MAKE SIKKIM A PARADISE ON EARTH," HE SAID.

    THE CHOGYAL, WHO IS 41 YEARS OLD, SUCCEEDED HIS FATHER A YEAR AGO.THE EXACT DATE AND TIME FOR THE CORONATION WERE FIXED BY ASTROLOGERS.

    AFTER CEREMONIES FOR THE EXORCISM OF EVIL SPIRITS AND PURIFICATION OF THE COUPLE, THE CHOGYAL WAS ROBED IN BRILLIANT GOLD BROCADES AND HIS 25-YEAR-OLD QUEEN IN SCARLET AND GOLD.THEY MOUNTED THEIR THRONES -- THE KING'S A FOOT HIGHER THAN THE QUEEN'S -- THEN LAMAS SOUNDED LONG COPPER HORNS, CLASHED CYMBALS, AND CHANTED AS A FUR-RIMMED CROWN WAS HANDED TO THE KING WHO PLACED IT ON HIS HEAD.

    BY THE SIDE OF THE ROYAL COUPLE THEIR ONE-YEAR-OLD SON, ALSO ROBED IN GOLD BROCADE, PLAYED AT THE FEET OF THE KING'S MOTHER.

    GUESTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, INCLUDING DIPLOMATS IN MORNING DRESS, QUEUED TO PRESENT THE TRADITIONAL WHITE SCARVES OF HOMAGE TO THE NEW KING.THE 96-MINUTE CEREMONY ENDED WITH THE HEAD ROYAL LAMA OFFERING A WHITE SCARF TO THE CHOGYAL.

    SIX FOOT HORNS ECHOED ACROSS THE ORCHID-CLAD VALLEY TO TELL THE 175,000 SIKKIMESE THAT THEIR KING HAD BEEN CROWNED AND THEN BEGAN THE DANCING AND FEASTING WHICH WILL CONTINUE UNTIL TONIGHT.

    SIKKIM IS SAID TO BE ONE OF THE MOST VULNERABLE SPOTS ON INDIA'S HIMALAYAN DEFENCE LINE, AND THE INDIANS REPORT HEAVY CONCENTRATIONS OF CHINESE TROOPS JUST ACROSS THE BORDER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADGUA5ZHS9NKICU0CZOJMK5V7O
    Media URN:
    VLVADGUA5ZHS9NKICU0CZOJMK5V7O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/04/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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