King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium sat with President Mobutu on Tuesday (June 30) to review a parade marking the tenth anniversary of Congo-Kinshasa's independence from Belgium.
LV Military vehicle past military dais-Mobutu & Baudouin take salute
LV Truck parades past
GV Gun carrying vehicles in parade (2 shots)
SV Armoured cars
GV PAN Jet fighters overhead
SV Royals and Mobutu and wife
GV Troops march past (3 shots)
GV Woman soldiers march past (3 shots)
CU Airborne troops in parade.
SV Children march past (3 shots)
LV Royals and Mobutu in car.
SCU King & Mobutu in car.
LV Belgian civilians on Embassy balcony
CU car drives off
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Background: King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola of Belgium sat with President Mobutu on Tuesday (June 30) to review a parade marking the tenth anniversary of Congo-Kinshasa's independence from Belgium. The parade also marked the end of the monarch's two-week visit to the former colony.
The two-hour parade began with a flight of helicopters dangling flags of the two countries while jet and propeller-driven aircraft of the Congolese Air Force made several passes.
On the ground, jeeps and armoured cars and anti-aircraft guns were followed by infantrymen and paratroopers in brown uniforms. They gave way to the blue-uniformed Presidential Guard bearing the colours.
Some 10,000 children who were born the same year as the Democratic Republic of the Congo, made up the second half of the parade. Dressed in blue and white they danced past the King and the President accompanied by loud, rhythmic music.
King Baudouin last visited the country in 1960 to hand over independence. The parade was the last item in a busy tour which included visits to the country's eight provinces.
His visit was designed to cement the new friendship between the two countries. On Monday, the King and President Mobutu exchanged signed treaties of friendship providing for close consultation and a framework for further co-operation.
King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola left on Wednesday for visits to Rwanda and Burundi.