A regal affair

Narendra Modi arrived at Buckingham Palace to dine with Queen Elizabeth II in a Jaguar built by the Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover

London: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met Queen Elizabeth II over a luncheon at Buckingham Palace. Modi arrived at the Buckingham Palace in a Jaguar built by the Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) on the second day of his maiden three-day official visit to Britain.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in London yesterday. Pic/PTI
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in London yesterday. Pic/PTI

The Master of the Household, the Queen’s representative, welcomed him as he entered the Palace with the words “A very warm welcome to you, sir.”

The 89-year-old Queen greeted Modi, shaking hands with him before they moved on to inspect items from the Royal Collection, brought out specially for the Prime Minister's visit. These included photographs of the Queen dating back to her India visit when she was the Chief Guest at the Republic Day parade in 1961.

Modi presented the Queen some award-winning Darjeeling tea from Makaibari tea estate in West Bengal and fine organic honey from J&K.

The royal chefs of Buckingham Palace had prepared a vegetarian meal for the Prime Minister. Soon after the lunch, Modi made his way to Wembley Stadium to address a 60,000-strong.

Both Modi and his British counterpart David Cameron were to drive up to the world famous arena in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles as another symbol of India-UK partnership. The two leaders have been by each other’s side for most of the three-day visit.

Nothing was off the table: Cameron
British PM David Cameron today said that the concerns of freedom of speech raised by over 200 authors in an open letter to him were discussed during talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

“We talked about the letter and as ever in ourrelationship, nothing was off the table in terms of the subjects we discussed. I see India as I see Britain, a country that is a vibrant multi-racial, multi-faith, multi-ethnicdemocracy that has very strong public debate, freedom of speech, rule of law and those are things that Britain and India continue to learn from each other,” Cameron said.

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