President Droupadi Murmu met King Charles III at a reception held at Buckingham Palace ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral that’s scheduled for today.
Like many other prominent leaders from different countries, President Murmu also signed the condolence book for Queen Elizabeth II, at the Lancaster House near Buckingham Palace in London. In a tweet by the Official Twitter Account of Rashtrapati Bhawan, it was mentioned that “President Droupadi Murmu signed the Condolence Book in the memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Lancaster House, London”.
The president also offered her tributes to Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall in London where the queen’s coffin is lying-in-State before the state funeral.
Indian President Droupadi Murmu is on an official visit to the United Kingdom which started on September 17 and will end today and the reason for the same is to attend the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at 4:00 PM IST and offer condolences on behalf of the Government of India. To attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral at London’s Westminster Abbey today she arrived at Gatwick Airport in London on Saturday.
For this visit, President Murmu traveled by the presidential aircraft and which carried her and her entourage members, including foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra and it landed at London’s Gatwick Airport at 20:50 IST.
President Murmu was received by the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom on her arrival at the airport. Her schedule was packed and after paying her condolences she will be attending the state funeral service at West Gate of Westminster Abbey today. After that, she will be attending the reception hosted by James Cleverly, UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs in the afternoon.
The former head of state of the UK and Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, Queen Elizabeth II, 96, passed away on September 8. She is scheduled to be laid to rest with full state honors at Westminster Abbey today. One-day state mourning was observed across India on September 11 as a mark of respect to UK’s Queen Elizabeth II who passed away on September 8.