Two Captains Regent, the first non-Communist heads of this ancient hilltop republic since the end of the war, were installed in office today.
G.V. Crowds in Government Square.
Angle Shot Of tower showing flag flying.
Long V. Guards walking towards through square.
S.V. Guards marching towards.
L.V. Banner being hoisted on building.
G.V. Guards lined up saluting.
S.V. Officers saluting.
S.V. Troops saluting.
Side V. Guards lined up.
G.V. Band marching towards, from Government Square.
S.V. Guards marching towards.
G.T.V. Guards with men carrying insignia of office on cushions.
S.T.V. Men carrying cushions.
S.C.U. Men marching in procession.
Top V. Men with cushions, with notabilities following.
S.B.V. Procession into church.
G.B.V. People into church.
Angle Shot Of building flag flying.
G.T.V. Procession out of church.
Long T.V. Band through street.
S.V. Soldiers towards through street.
Long V. Procession through street, and into building.
S.V.Int. Regency Hall-Marino Valdes Franciosi and Federico Micheloni, seated at tables. (Captains Regent)
Side V. People watching.
Back V. Official reading from document.
S.V. Collar of Office being placed around Captains Regent.
S.V. People watching.
Semi F.V. Both captains wearing "Collar of Office"
Side V. People applauding.
C.U.Pan. Of Captains.
G.V.Ext. Band marching from Regency Hall.
S.V. Captains Regent walking on procession.
L.V. Towards Walking in procession.
S.V. People applauding.
G.T.V. Procession, tilt up to Regency Building.
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Background: Two Captains Regent, the first non-Communist heads of this ancient hilltop republic since the end of the war, were installed in office today.
The temporary Government was present at the ceremony. The two outgoing Captains Regent refused - as custom demands - to pass on the ensigns of command by placing around the necks of the incoming Captains Regent.
To this most colourful ceremony, still further graced by sunny weather, to install Marino Valdes Franciosi and Federico Micheloni, came diplomatic representatives from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. The representative of the Soviet Union, with which San Marino, until last month the only Communist regime in the West, had close relations, did not - not unexpectedly - show up. According to Professor Federico Bigi, who led the ten-day bloodless revolution that tossed out the Communists and who is now Foreign Minister said that the Soviets did not even reply to the invitation sent them.
The new Captains Regent, elected by San Marino's Grand Council, last week, serve for the next six months.
The installation ceremony followed the usual custom of starting off in Government Square, where the banner was unfurled and then wit the saying of Mass in the church, thence to the Regency Hall for the swoaring-in.
The Regular Militia and the Noble Guard paraded through the town led by the band, watched by a cheerful population who were glad to see an end to the trouble and strife of the past few weeks.