Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, at Buckingham Palace, London, on the second day of his visit to the UK, Friday Nov. 13, 2015. Modi is in Britain for three days of cultural events combined with high level political and business meetings. (Dominic Lipinski / POOL via AP)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Queen Elizabeth II over a luncheon at Buckingham Palace for the first time during his high-profile visit to the UK. He was welcomed by the Master of the Household, the Queen’s representative, as he entered the Palace with the words “A very warm welcome to you, sir.”
During his meeting, Modi presented her some rare photographs shot 54 years ago from her maiden visit to India in January-February 1961. It was during this particular visit that the Queen had also paid a visit to some other Indian cities like Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Udaipur, Varanasi, Chennai, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
This photograph shows her visiting the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, a day after the commemoration of the 13th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
Aside from this, Modi also gifted her some award-winning Darjeeling tea from Makaibari tea estate in West Bengal, fine organic honey from Jammu and Kashmir, and Tanchoi stoles that are a specialty of Varanasi.
This photo was taken on February 19, 1961 in Chennai, and shows Her Majesty at a reception in her honour by the then State of Madras where she was presented a cake to mark the first birthday of HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. This photograph was taken on February 25, 1961 and shows Her Majesty riding an elephant in a procession to Balua Ghat in Varanasi, the Prime Minister’s parliamentary constituency. This photo, taken on February 24, 1961, shows her visiting the Atomic Energy Centre at Trombay.