Sikkim: From Debutante to the Deities

As a debutante and a Sarah Law rence graduate (in Oriental studies), Hope Cooke had a crush on Central Asia. Her dreams seemed to come ro mantically true last March when she married Sikkim's Crown Prince Palden Thondup Namgyal in a now-legendary ceremony at the capital city of Gangtok (TIME, March 23). Last week, when the crown prince's 70-year-old father, Maharajah Sir Tashi Namgyal, died of cancer in a Calcutta nursing home, Hope and her husband mounted the throne of the mountain-locked Himala yan kingdom. The formal coronation will take place after...

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