Ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral, President Draupadi Murmu met King Charles III at a reception held at Buckingham Palace on Sunday.
President Murmu also signed a condolence book for Queen Elizabeth II at Lancaster House near Buckingham Palace in London. Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted, “President Draupadi Murmu signs condolence book in memory of Queen Elizabeth II at Lancaster House, London.”
In addition, the President also paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall in London, where the Queen’s coffin lies in the kingdom.
Rashtrapati Bhavan earlier tweeted, “President Draupadi Murmu visited Westminster Hall London, where the body of Queen Elizabeth II is lying in the state. President paid tributes to the departed soul on her behalf and on behalf of the people of India.”
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.
She arrived at London’s Gatwick Airport on Saturday to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London.
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.
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, the 96-year-old former head of state of Britain 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.