New Delhi: President Draupadi Murmu will leave for London to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral on Monday and offer his condolences on behalf of the Indian government.
The Indian president will leave for London on September 17 and attend the state funeral on September 19.
Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully at Balmoral on September 8. She was 96 years old.
Following the queen’s passing, India observed a national day of mourning on 9/11 as a mark of respect.
President Draupadi Murmu, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed their condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar visited the British High Commission in New Delhi on September 12 to convey India’s condolences. India also observed a national day of mourning on Sunday (September 11).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted: “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our time. She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and her people. She personified dignity and decency in public life. Saddened by her death. My thoughts are with her family and the people of the UK at this sad hour.”
“In the 70 years of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the ties between India and the UK have immensely evolved, flourished and strengthened. She played an important role in the welfare of millions of people around the world as Head of the Commonwealth,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
(With agency input)