President Murmu offers tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall

By Shgun S -- September 18, 2022 6:50 pm

London (UK), September 18: President Droupadi Murmu paid tribute to UK Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday in Westminster Hall in London, where the queen's coffin is lying-in-state.

"President Droupadi Murmu visited Westminster Hall London where the body of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is lying in state. The President offered tributes to the departed soul on her own behalf and on behalf of the people of India," Rashtrapati Bhawan said on Twitter.

The President is on an official visit to the United Kingdom from September 17 to 19 to attend Queen Elizabeth II's State Funeral on Monday and express condolences on behalf of the Government of India.

She landed at Gatwick Airport in London on Saturday to attend Queen Elizabeth II's state funeral at Westminster Abbey.

Murmu and her entourage, including foreign secretary Vinay Kwatra, arrived at London's Gatwick Airport at 20:50 IST, from where she went to the hotel where she will be staying during her tour.

The president was greeted at the airport by India's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.

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According to official sources, the president was scheduled to attend the Queen's coffin's lying-in-state at the Palace of Westminster on Sunday and sign a condolence book on behalf of the Indian government at Lancaster House near Buckingham Palace.

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

The next day, the Indian President will attend the state funeral service at the West Gate of Westminster Abbey. After this, she will attend the reception hosted by James Cleverly, UK's Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

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-PTC News

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