Prior to Queen Elizabeth’s formal funerals, which were on September 19 at Westminster Abbey in London, President Droupadi Murmu met King Charles III on Sunday (September 18) at Buckingham Palace.
Numerous international leaders, monarchs, and other dignitaries attended the funeral. Foreign royals and world leaders joined the Queen’s family at the state funeral, which was broadcast to hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
Queen Elizabeth II Funeral
The Queen’s coffin is lying in state at Westminster Hall in London, where the president showed respect for the monarch. President Murmu signed the condolence book for Queen Elizabeth II at Lancaster House, located close to Buckingham Palace in London.
Following her state funeral on September 19, Queen Elizabeth was buried alongside Prince Philip at St. George’s Chapel. The tiny chapel at Windsor Castle also holds the graves of her parents.
President Droupadi Murmu Met King Charles III
Before the funeral service, the King and Queen Consort hosted a banquet for President Murmu at Buckingham Palace. All visiting heads of state, leaders of government, and official foreign guests were scheduled for what has been referred to as an official state event.
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To attend the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday and express condolences on behalf of the Government of India, The President visited the United Kingdom on September 17-19 as part of an official trip.
As a guest at the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, she arrived at Gatwick Airport on Saturday morning. At 20:50 IST, Murmu and her entourage landed at Gatwick Airport at 20:50 IST with the aircraft carrying her entourage and Vinay Kwatra, the foreign secretary. Next, she left for the hotel where she would be staying during this tour.
As the president arrived at the airport, she was greeted by the Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
She was at the state funeral service at Westminster Abbey’s West Gate. She also attended the event that James Cleverly, the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Affairs, hosted in the afternoon.
Along with president Droupadi Murmu, Yoon Suk-yeol, president of South Korea; Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, and Ranil Wickremesinghe of Sri Lanka, Halimah Yacob of Singapore were also there. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern were at the Queen’s funeral.