Egyptian mummies parade in Cairo

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A number of Egyptians mummies have been paraded through the capital city, Cairo.

The parade was needed to move the mummies from their old museum to the new museum 5km away.

The amazing spectacle saw 22 mummies – 18 kings and four queens – transported through the streets of Cairo.

The mummies will now live in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation in a special area called The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade.

The mummies were transported in order of their reign – from the 17th Dynasty ruler, Seqenenre Taa II, who ruled from about 1560BC, to Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th Century BC.

The mummy of King Ramses II was among those to be transported. He was one of the attractions of the parade. He is the most famous pharaoh of the New Kingdom, who ruled for 67 years and is remembered for signing the first known peace treaty.

Each mummy was carried on a decorated vehicle fitted with special shock-absorbers and surrounded by a motorcade, including replica horse-drawn war chariots.

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