President Droupadi Murmu to visit London for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral


President Droupadi Murmu will visit London from September 17 to 19 to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II and offer condolences on behalf of the Indian government, the Ministry of External Affairs announced on Wednesday.

Queen Elizabeth II, 96, passed away on September 8.

President Murmu, Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed condolences at her demise.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited the British High Commission here on September 12 to convey India’s condolences. India also observed a day of national mourning on Sunday.

In the 70 years of reign of Queen Elizabeth II, India-UK ties have evolved, flourished and strengthened immensely, the MEA said in a statement. She played an important role in the welfare of millions of people around the world as Head of the Commonwealth, it said.

Queen Elizabeth II will be laid to rest at a state funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 19.