London, Sep 18 (PTI) President Draupadi Murmu signed a condolence book on behalf of the Indian government here on Sunday during her three-day visit to London to attend the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.
Acting High Commissioner Sujit Ghosh was also present along with President Murmu at Lancaster House in London. World leaders arriving here are signing a pamphlet to mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Elizabeth II died in Scotland on 8 September at the age of 96.
Murmu paid tribute to the late Queen on Sunday at Westminster Hall, where Elizabeth II’s body is kept. The Queen’s state funeral will be held on Monday.
The Indian President reached London on Saturday evening. About 500 world leaders, including members of the royal family from around the world, will attend the Queen’s funeral. The funeral will be held at Westminster Abbey, where some 2,000 people are expected to attend. The condolence program will begin at 11 a.m. local time and will conclude an hour later with a two-minute silence.
President Murmu has also been invited to a reception hosted by King Charles II and Queen Consort Camilla for world leaders at Buckingham Palace on Sunday evening.
All heads of state and official foreign guests visiting Britain are expected to attend this ‘official state event’.
Zaki Cooper, who served for Britain’s royal family from 2009 to 2012, believes the Queen had a warm relationship with India and played a key role in her journey from empire to Commonwealth.
Cooper, who wrote extensively about the monarchy, said, “They adopted the system of the Commonwealth to meet the aspirations of many countries for self-determination.”
Representatives of the Commonwealth will also attend the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Westminster Hall will be closed to the general public a few hours before his funeral. Westminster Abbey’s entrance will be opened to foreign dignitaries and guests at 8 a.m. local time on Monday.
The Dean of Westminster will perform the state funeral with Prime Minister Liz Truss and Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden has also reached London to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II.
The Queen will be handed over at a private ceremony at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. Prior to this, the former Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a state funeral in 1965 at the abbey.