In scenes of splendour and colour, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh began their tour of India Jan 21.
GV Palam Airport.
SV PAN..Premier Nehru greets children assembled at airport.
SCU Premier Nehru talks with Mr.Krishna Menon, Indian Defence Minister.
LV PAN..Plane taxies.
LV President Prasad and Premier Nehru walk to aircraft.
SV President Prasad and Premier Nehru.
SV PAN..Queen and Duke of Edinburgh leave aircraft, welcomed.
LV Queen, Duke, President and Premier pose for photographs.
LV PAN..Queen inspects guard of honour.
SV PAN..Queen meets diplomats.
STV Cheering children.
STV PAN..Queen past cheering children.
SV (SOF..APPLAUSE) Queen, President and Duke mount rostrum.
SV Royal couple on rostrum, President Prasad speaks (SOF STARTS) "It gives me great pleasure to extend to Her Majesty a hearty welcome on behalf of the people and Government of India, and on my own behalf. I am glad to be able to extend that equally warm and cordial welcome to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh who is no stranger to us. The United Kingdom and India have close relations for some 200 years. This long association between our two countries has left an abiding influence on our minds and on our institutions."
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Background: In scenes of splendour and colour, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh began their tour of India Jan 21. They arrived in a "Britannia" of British Overseas Airways Corporation...and the Queen's first steps on Indian soil were made through a cloud of smoke from the 21-gun salute.
The Queen wore an ice-blue satin coat, and her hat was fashioned with silk petals in the same colour. The Duke wore a charcoal-grey suit. They were greeted at Palam by President Prasad and Premier Nehru, among others. The guard of honour from a Sikh battalion was resplendent in red and white.
Welcoming the royal visitors, the President said: "The United Kingdom and India have had close relations for some 200 years. This long association between our two countries has left an abiding influence on our minds. and our institutions." The Queen replied: "To all India I bring a greeting of goodwill and affection from the British people ... I am thrilled to be here." She was warmly applauded; and the traditional welcome of garlands gave way to a bouquet of 75 red and yellow roses in a silver vase.
After the enthusiastic welcome at the airport, there followed the State drive into the centre of New Delhi through the huge crowd, variously estimated at between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000.
The Queen's visit to India is the first by a British reigning monarch in 50 years. She and her husband will spend three weeks in India; then they will visit Pakistan, Nepal and Persia. The tour covers 20,000 miles; and the royal couple are due back in Britain on March 6.