The Royal Tour of india

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Her Majesty's 90th Birthday
Queen Elizabeth II has reigned supreme during the changing times in the modern society. Becoming a Queen at the young age of 25, the British Monarch has seen enormous social development and change.

This year on April 21, Her Majesty celebrates her 90th birthday by lighting the first of over 1,000 beacons to mark the occasion. She is the longest-reigning British monarch, and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history. In the 60-year Royal tenure, she has visited India thrice. In March 1963, she was the first British monarch to visit the country after the Indian independence. Two decades later, the then-President Giani Zail Singh greeted Her Majesty in November 1983 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. To celebrate India’s 50 years of independence, the constitutional monarch made her third trip to the country. Both India and Britain have maintained close ties, and are one of the largest investors in each other’s economy.

They say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Queen Elizabeth smiling as she is pictured with the first Indian Vice President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan and his entourage in the year 1961 – the first Royal visit after the Indian Independence, triggers memories to cherish.

In 1997, Queen Elizabeth graced India with her Royal presence. Prince Charles, on the other hand, completed 8 official tours of India with a visit to 5 Indian cities in 2013.

During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the UK in 2015, the state visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, was announced.

For the first time in 24 years, Prince William and Kate will be visiting the symbol of love – Taj Mahal. An iconic picture of the couple with Taj Mahal in the background will symbolise the Royal Family’s association with India since independence, and a promising future ahead.

British monarchy has maintained cordial relationship with India, while the British government has extended a friendly atmosphere for business and investment.

The presence of numerous Indian companies in the UK and vice versa is a proof of that. The state visit of William and Kate points towards greater cooperation between the two nations, and improvement in bilateral relations.

Both India and Britain have a promising future. India is now an emerging power and one of the fastest growing economies - about 700 Indian-owned businesses in the UK employ over 100,000 people.

Trade, finance, education, global issues and bilateral relationship are few of the areas in which Britain and India have cordial ties. However, both nations also share a future vision as India and the UK are one of the top investors in each other’s businesses respectively.

PM Narendra Modi met British PM David Cameron during his visit to UK in 2015, addressed a gathering of expats and politicians at Wembley Stadium and the parliament respectively, and had lunch with the Queen.

The Indian prime minister hailed the ‘special relationship’ both countries share. He stated that UK is viewed as India’s entry point for the European Union (EU). Highlighting the mutually beneficial agreements on trade, bilateral relations, climate change, civil nuclear cooperation and a range of global issues, PM Modi expressed confidence that the two countries will continue to cooperate in the future.

A Royal lunch was hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham Palace for PM Modi, who presented Her Majesty with photographs from her 1961 India tour among other gifts.

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