National Geographic : 1963 Nov
Tender honeymoon glances radiate in the palace garden. "On the last day of my stay," recalls Mr. Battaglia, "I asked the couple for one more photograph. Then we said goodbye. As they walked away, oblivious of my presence, I took the picture above and the one opposite." Lazy breezes stir the prayer flags below towering moun tains; a new life begins for the princely couple. During her last year at Sarah Lawrence College, Hope Cooke did research in New York libraries toward a history of her future land and a textbook version for Sikkimese children. She has adopted her husband's na tionality. Prince Thondup, besides his administrative tasks, performs religious duties. Sikkimese believe he rein carnates an uncle and that the uncle was the reincarna tion of a high lama of Kham, in eastern Tibet. The Prince was training to head a la masery until the death of his elder brother in an air plane crash made him heir to the throne. THE END White scarf of benediction decks a royal Mercedes, taking the place of old shoes and tin cans in the West. License tags of the royal family bear the legend "Sikkim" but no numbers.