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    After the coronation, three days of celebrations - that was the programme in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

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    GV PAN across flags of nations represented
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    SV Zoom in on the King addressing crowd
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    SV Salute by army officers
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    SV King into Jeep for review of troops
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    SV King reviewing guard of honour
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    SV Military march past reviewing stand
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    SV King taking salute
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    SV Troops march past
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    SV Band playing
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    GV ZOOM into close-up Monks dancing away evil spirit
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    SCU PAN along dancers
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    Background: After the coronation, three days of celebrations - that was the programme in the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. Eighteen-year-old King Jigme Singhi Wangchuk was crowned on Sunday (June 2) to become the world's youngest ruler, and then the celebrations began.

    About 200 foreign guests joined the one million people of Bhutan for the celebrations, centred on Thimpu, which is 8,000 feet (2,500 metres) up in the Himalayas. It was the first time Bhutan - sandwiched between India and The People's Republic of China - had opened its frontiers on any large scale to the outside world. The kingdom has been a member of the United Nations since 1971 and now plans to emerge from its isolation and take on some of the trappings of modern civilisation.

    Celebrations on Monday (June 3) were held at Changlimithang Stadium where the flags of all nations represented were unfurled. The presence of a Chinese delegation is seen as significant - as Bhutan has avoided contact with its northern neighbour, especially since the takeover of Tibet in 1959.

    At the stadium, the king addressed his subjects and guests and then inspected a guard of honour. Following the inspection, there was a parade by units from the 7,000-men Bhutan army, which is trained in India. Foreign diplomats invited to the coronation were presented with medals to mark the occasion.

    Also on the programme were drama, archery and national dancing displays. A highlight was a special dance by Buddhist monks, designed to drive evil spirits away from the Kingdom and to protect the new ruler.

    The King, who was educated in England, succeeded his father almost two years ago. The date of the coronation was postponed however, to coincide with favorable astrological productions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEP39TE2G2Z6KM68UGESJZOHXW
    Media URN:
    VLVAEP39TE2G2Z6KM68UGESJZOHXW
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/06/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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