A historic parade was held on Saturday for Egypt’s ancient rulers through the capital, Cairo.

22 mummies made up of 18 kings and four queens were transported from the neo-classical Egyptian Museum to their new resting place 5km away.

Transported with great fanfare the mummies were paraded in chronological order of their reigns – from the 17th Dynasty ruler, Seqenenre Taa II, to Ramses IX, who reigned in the 12th Century BC.

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The mummy of King Ramses II was among those to be transported. Photo: Reuters

The mummies were placed in special containers filled with nitrogen, under conditions similar to their regular display cases for the procession.

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The parade according to officials was a multimillion-dollar event aimed at highlighting the special place the mummies occupy in Egyptian history.

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The mummies were transported from the Egyptian Museum on Cairo’s Tahrir Square to their new home. Photo: EPA

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said “This grandiose spectacle is further proof of the greatness… of a unique civilisation that extends into the depths of history.”

The mummies were relocated to the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation under tight security arrangements.

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