December 5, 2022

In order to represent the Indian government and attend Monday’s state burial of the British Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey, President Droupadi Murmu has travelled Britain for a three-day stay. A gathering of about 2,000 people is anticipated at the Abbey for a solemn ceremony beginning at 11 am local time and concluding with a two-minute silence across the nation an hour later. The Indian head of state, who arrived on Saturday evening, will join about 500 other world leaders, including US President Joe Biden and royals from around the world.

The Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted, “President Droupadi Murmu arrives in London to attend the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.” The King and Queen Consort Camilla are hosting a reception at Buckingham Palace for the President before Monday’s burial service. At what has been referred to as a “official state event,” all visiting heads of state, heads of government, and official foreign guests are anticipated.

The President is also likely to visit Westminster Hall on Sunday throughout the day to pay his respects to the Queen’s body and stop by Lancaster House nearby to sign a guest book. Zaki Cooper, who worked in the Queen’s Royal Household between 2009 and 2012 and has written widely about the monarchy, believes the Queen enjoyed a “affectionate relationship with India” and was instrumental in the transition from empire to Commonwealth.

Representatives of the Realms and the Commonwealth will be among those in the congregation at Monday’s funeral service.

(source : PTI)

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