From the ancient Persian city of Persepolis, coverage of one of the most magnificent historic pageants of this century -- the multi-million pound (sterling) celebrations to mark 25 centuries of Persian civilisation.
GV Scene of celebrations
GV Trumpeters sound opening
GV Mass band plays ancient march
SV Start of parade past Royal stands
LV Parade past Royal stands (10 shots)
SCU Shah seated beside Emperor Selassie, watches parade past
LV Parade past (10 Shots)
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Background: From the ancient Persian city of Persepolis, coverage of one of the most magnificent historic pageants of this century -- the multi-million pound (sterling) celebrations to mark 25 centuries of Persian civilisation. On Friday (October 15) presidents, kings and heads of governments watched an hour-long parade of warriors of bygone days. The parade -- only part of the celebrations at a specially erected tented city fit for kings -- cost an estimated five million pounds (sterling) by itself, and preparations for it lasted several years. This film, with sound of the parade's martial music of centuries ago, shows some of the occasion's splendour.
SYNOPSIS: The ancient Persian city of Persepolis in modern-day Iran--current scene of multi-million-pound celebrations to mark 25 centuries of Persian civilisation. And on Friday, the highlight of the whole occasion -- a magnificent parade of ancient warriors past the Royal stands where kings, emperors and heads of government from all over the world sat watching....each section of the parade representing one of the ten most important dynasties over the past two thousand five hundred years.
The present day Shah of Iran...and on his right the King of Kings, Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. Other royalty included Britain's Prince Philip and Princess Anne, Prince Ranier and Princess Grace of Monaco, exiled King Constantine of Greece, King Frederik and Queen Ingrid of Denmark, King Baudouin of Belgium....the list continued through a royal roll-call of the world's crowned heads. Few countries were not represented at the century's most expensive pageant -- a pageant unrivalled even by the most glamorous film epics from Hollywood.