Thursday, September 03, 2009

Hope Cook presented Sikkim men's boot to USA Museum (1966)

This boot was presented to Milwaukee Public Museum, USA by Hope Cook, the Queen of Sikkim in 1966.

The display to its right say :

REAL LIFE FAIRY TALE

"In 1959, Hope Cooke, an American student, met Palden Thondup Namgyal, the Prince of Sikkim, at a hotel in India. They fell in love and in 1963 their fairy tale wedding enraptured the American public. The Prince was named Chogyal, or King, later that year, making Cooke the Gyalmo, or Queen of Sikkim, the first American Queen of a foreign land. In 1966, Her Highness donated the young men's leather boots from Sikkim to the Museum so there could be something from her adopted country on display."