Tuesday, August 25, 2009

.......(Sikkim) This country is gone

I was just surfing at Ebay auction web site, there i came across some material related to Hope Cook, former queen of Sikkim on sell. There is an autograph photograph of former queen Hope Cook, her letter and an envelope in which it was send to USA. The three material cost you 300 dollars.



The heading of the items says:

HOPE COOKE NAMGYAL AUTOGRAPH, Queen consort of SIKKIM

ONE OF A KIND PIECE, VERY RARE, THIS COUNTRY IS GONE!


Just read the last line that says...."This country is gone". Sikkim is no more an independent country now so it is more often referred as a dead country.

The further description says:

PHOTOGRAPH:
4-1/2" X 6" MEASUREMENTS, BLACK AND WHITE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AND SIGNED IN BLUE INK PEN, "HOPE NAMGYAL"

LETTERHEAD:
8-1/4" X 6" THE PALACE, GANGTOK, SIKKIM, DATED 15TH SEPTEMBER 1969 AND SIGNED SINCERELY HOPE NAMGYAL, "GYALMO OF SIKKIM

ENVELOPE:
8-1/4" X 6-3/8" WITH 13 STAMPS FROM INDIA AND 1 BIG STAMP COLORED PURPLE FROM INDIA (INK STAMPED FROM POST OFFICE DATED 17, SEPT. 1969
RETURN ADDRESS IS FROM GYALMO OF SIKKIM, GANGTOK, SIKKIM. VIA - EASTERN HIMALAYAS

HISTORY:

In 1959, Cooke, then a freshman at Sarah Lawrence College, met Palden Thondup Namgyal, Crown Prince of Sikkim, in the bar of the Windamere Hotel in Darjeeling, India. He was then a widower nearly twice her age.

Four years later, Cooke, an Episcopalian, married the Crown Prince in a Buddhist monastery on 20 March 1963, an act which caused her to be dropped from the Social Register. He became monarch of Sikkim nine months later but was deposed in 1975 and confined to his palace under house arrest. The couple had two children, Palden and Hope Leezum; she also has two stepsons and a stepdaughter from her husband's first marriage.

The Chogyal and his wife separated soon after he was overthrown, and she moved to Manhattan, where she raised her children. The royal couple divorced in 1980, and the Chogyal died of cancer in 1982 in New York City.

Today

Cooke is a tour guide and historian in New York City. She lives in Brooklyn Heights, New York. She wrote a memoir of her life in Sikkim, Time Change.