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Death of Queen Elizabeth II: President Draupada Murmu arrives in London to attend funeral at Westminster Abbey

London: President Draupadi Murmu arrived at London’s Gatwick Airport on Saturday to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London. The President is on an official visit to the United Kingdom from 17 to 19 September to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday and offer condolences from the Indian government.

The presidential plane carrying Murmu and his crew, including Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra, landed at London’s Gatwick Airport at 20:50 IST, from where it left for the hotel where she would be staying during the visit.

Upon his arrival at the airport, the President was received by the High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom.

On Sunday, she will attend the Queen’s coffin at the Palace of Westminster and sign a condolence book on behalf of the Indian government at Lancaster House near Buckingham Palace, according to official reports.

Later in the day, she will attend a reception hosted by King Charles III for foreign leaders at Buckingham Palace in London before a funeral service at 11 a.m. local time on Monday.

The next day, she will attend a state funeral service at Westminster Abbey’s West Gate. And in the afternoon, she will attend a reception hosted by the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development, James Cleverly.

Queen Elizabeth II, 96, former UK head of state and head of the Commonwealth of Nations, died on 8 September. He will be cremated with full state honors at Westminster Abbey on 19 September.

A one-day state mourning was observed across India on 11 September in honor of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who died on 8 September.

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