The Pharaohs’ Golden Parade in Egypt

Published April 3rd, 2021 - 07:21 GMT

Twenty-two ancient Egyptian royal mummies parade through Cairo's street, traveling to their final resting place, The National Egyptian Museum of Civilisation in Fustat. The Museum is set to fully and officially open its doors to the public on Sunday 4 April 2021 and the Mummies Hall, where the 22 mummies will be on display, will open on 18 April 2021.

A gala parade in Cairo celebrates the golden age of the pharaohs, including one who flew to Paris for a makeover in 1976.

Escorted by Egyptian film stars, singers, dancers, and guards on high-stepping horses, the mummies of 22 pharaohs and other ancient royalty will be paraded through the streets of Cairo on Saturday, moving from the historic Museum of Egyptian Antiquities to their new home in the recently inaugurated National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC).

The mummies that will be transferred include Pharaoh Ramses II; Pharaoh Ramses IX; Pharaoh Ramses VI; Pharaoh Ramses V; Pharaoh Seti I; Pharaoh Seqenenre; and Pharaoh Thutmose III, as well as Queen Hatshepsut; QueenMeritamun, the wife of King Amenhotep I; and Queen Ahmose Nefertari, the wife of King Ahmose.

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In this file photo taken on June 27, 2007, the mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's most famous female pharaoh

In this file photo taken on June 27, 2007, the mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's most famous female pharaoh, lie in a glass case after being unveiled at the Cairo Museum. The mummies of 18 ancient Egyptian kings and four queens will be paraded through the streets of Cairo on April 3 evening, in a carnival procession dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, as they are moved from a long residency at the Egyptian Museum to be put on display at southern Cairo's National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation. Cris BOURONCLE / AFP

A re-enactor dressed in costume rides a two-horse chariot in Tahrir Square, in the centre of Egypt's capital Cairo

A re-enactor dressed in costume rides a two-horse chariot in Tahrir Square, in the centre of Egypt's capital Cairo on April 3, 2021, during a rehearsal ahead of a parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies starting from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

A mounted policeman dressed in ceremonial uniform rides along the parade area before the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies

A mounted policeman dressed in ceremonial uniform rides along the parade area before the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies starting from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

The Egyptian Museum, in Cairo's Tahrir Square

The Egyptian Museum, in Cairo's Tahrir Square, is lit up on April 3, 2021, ahead of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies starting from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Cairo's Tahrir Square

Cairo's Tahrir Square is lit up on April 3, 2021, ahead of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies starting from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume march at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square

Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume march at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 3, 2021, on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

The carriage carrying the mummy of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao II (1558–1555 BC) advances as part of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies

The carriage carrying the mummy of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao II (1558–1555 BC) advances as part of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 3, 2021, on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies

The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies advance past the Obelisk of Ramses II along Tahrir Square as they depart from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo on April 3, 2021, during a parade on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP

The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies

The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies depart from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 3, 2021, during a parade on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume wait at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies

Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume wait at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 3, 2021, on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP

In this file photo taken on June 27, 2007, the mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's most famous female pharaoh
A re-enactor dressed in costume rides a two-horse chariot in Tahrir Square, in the centre of Egypt's capital Cairo
A mounted policeman dressed in ceremonial uniform rides along the parade area before the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
The Egyptian Museum, in Cairo's Tahrir Square
Cairo's Tahrir Square
Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume march at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square
The carriage carrying the mummy of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao II (1558–1555 BC) advances as part of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume wait at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
In this file photo taken on June 27, 2007, the mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's most famous female pharaoh
In this file photo taken on June 27, 2007, the mummified remains of Queen Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt's most famous female pharaoh, lie in a glass case after being unveiled at the Cairo Museum. The mummies of 18 ancient Egyptian kings and four queens will be paraded through the streets of Cairo on April 3 evening, in a carnival procession dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, as they are moved from a long residency at the Egyptian Museum to be put on display at southern Cairo's National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation. Cris BOURONCLE / AFP
A re-enactor dressed in costume rides a two-horse chariot in Tahrir Square, in the centre of Egypt's capital Cairo
A re-enactor dressed in costume rides a two-horse chariot in Tahrir Square, in the centre of Egypt's capital Cairo on April 3, 2021, during a rehearsal ahead of a parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies starting from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
A mounted policeman dressed in ceremonial uniform rides along the parade area before the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
A mounted policeman dressed in ceremonial uniform rides along the parade area before the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies starting from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
The Egyptian Museum, in Cairo's Tahrir Square
The Egyptian Museum, in Cairo's Tahrir Square, is lit up on April 3, 2021, ahead of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies starting from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Cairo's Tahrir Square
Cairo's Tahrir Square is lit up on April 3, 2021, ahead of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies starting from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume march at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square
Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume march at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 3, 2021, on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
The carriage carrying the mummy of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao II (1558–1555 BC) advances as part of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
The carriage carrying the mummy of Pharaoh Seqenenre Tao II (1558–1555 BC) advances as part of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 3, 2021, on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies advance past the Obelisk of Ramses II along Tahrir Square as they depart from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo on April 3, 2021, during a parade on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Mahmoud KHALED / AFP
The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
The carriages carrying 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies depart from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 3, 2021, during a parade on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP
Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume wait at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies
Performers dressed in ancient Egyptian costume wait at the start of the parade of 22 ancient Egyptian royal mummies departing from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo's Tahrir Square on April 3, 2021, on their way to their new resting place at the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) about seven kilometres south in historic Fustat (Old Cairo). Dubbed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade, the 18 kings and four queens will travel in order, oldest first, each aboard a separate float decorated in ancient Egyptian style. Khaled DESOUKI / AFP