DIPLOMACY: The Student King

France's well-traveled Charles de Gaulle (see following story) had just swept out of town last week when a shy newcomer to jet-age diplomacy flew into Washington in the presidential Columbine. He was Nepal's King Mahendra Bir Bikram Shah Deva. 39, a sensitive poet by inclination, a statesman by necessity. He is absolute ruler of a tiny kingdom in the high Himalayas, wedged between populous India and Chinese-controlled Tibet. Accompanied by handsome Queen Ratna Rajya Lakshmi Devi Shah, in blue sari and mink coat. King Mahendra moved stiffly through welcoming pomp, kept silent...

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