• Short Summary

    IN GANGTOK PREPARATIONS HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR MANY DAYS IN READINESS FOR TODAY'S (SUNDAY'S) CORONATION OF PALDEN THONDUP NAMGYAL AND HIS WIFE, FORMER AMERICAN HOPE COOKE, AS CHOGYAL (KING) AND GYALMO (QUEEN) OF SIKKIM.

  • Description

    IN GANGTOK PREPARATIONS HAVE BEEN GOING ON FOR MANY DAYS IN READINESS FOR TODAY'S (SUNDAY'S) CORONATION OF PALDEN THONDUP NAMGYAL AND HIS WIFE, FORMER AMERICAN HOPE COOKE, AS CHOGYAL (KING) AND GYALMO (QUEEN) OF SIKKIM.

    THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE AT 9.52 A.M.(LOCAL TIME) - THE AUSPICIOUS MOMENT CHOSE BY BUDDHIST ORACLES AND LAMAS.BUT AN AIR OF REJOICING HAS PERMEATED THIS REMOTE CAPITAL FOR WEEKS, AND WHEN THE ACTUAL CEREMONY IS OVER, DANCING AND FEASTING WILL GO ON FOR ABOUT THIRTY-SIX HOURS.

    THE PREPARATIONS HAVE INVOLVED THE REPEATED DRILLING OF THE MARCHING GIRLS, AND THE SOLDIERS TAKING PART IN THIS GREAT, AND RARE, STATE OCCASION.SPECIAL STANDS HAVE BEEN BUILT AND DECORATED, ALL OVER THE TOWN, FLAGS HAVE BEEN FLUTTERING IN THE MOUNTAIN WINDS.

    THE ROYAL CHAPEL, WHERE THE COORDINATION CEREMONY TAKES PLACE, HAS BEEN COMPLETELY REPAINTED.IT'S A YEAR SINCE THE FORTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD MAHARAJAH SUCCEEDED HIS FATHER, BUT HE HAS HAD TO WAIT FOR THIS MOMENT WHICH BUDDHIST ASTROLOGERS HAVE DETERMINED IS THE MOST OPPORTUNE TIME.

    DANCING BY SIKKIM STUDENTS WILL BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE CELEBRATIONS, AND IN GANGTOK, THEY'VE BEEN REHEARSING DAY AFTER DAY SO THAT THERE WILL NOT BE A FOOT WRONG ON WHEN THEY APPEAR BEFORE THEIR RULER.

    THE NEW CHOGYAL'S QUEEN IS KNOWN IN GANGTOK AS QUEEN HOPLA.THOUGH AMERICAN EDUCATED, SHE HAS ADOPTED THE SIKKIM WAY OF LIFE.SHE WEARS THE LONG ROBES OF THE SIKKIMESE WOMEN, AND SPEAKS NOW WITH THE VERY SOFT MUSICAL TONE THAT IS TYPICAL OF THESE PEOPLE.

    FOR CORONATION DAY - PREPARATIONS HAVE BEEN LONG AND ARDUOUS.TODAY (SUNDAY) WHEN THE CORONATION TOOK PLACE, IT WAS A CEREMONY TINGED WITH COLOUR AND MAJESTY.BUT THE NEW CHOGYAL IS AWARE OF THE STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE OF THE STATE HE RULES.IT LIES SANDWICHED BETWEEN INDIA AND CHINA.IN HIS ENTHRONEMENT SPEECH HE SAID THAT SIKKIM WAS DETERMINED TO MAINTAIN ITS NATIONAL IDENTITY.THE COUNTRY, HE SAID, FELT SECURE IN INDIA'S PROTECTION.HE SAID THAT HE AND HIS WIFE HOPED TO DANISH FROM SIKKIM POVERTY, IGNORANCE, AND DISEASE."TOGETHER MAY WE MAKE SIKKIM A PARADISE ON EARTH," HE ADDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE3C3J7VQXOUF2H2P98I29K0DF
    Media URN:
    VLVAE3C3J7VQXOUF2H2P98I29K0DF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/04/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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