In the midst of preparations for a visit by Queen Elizabeth to India in January, a delegation of the Queen's personal staff arrived by air in New Delhi, Oct. 28, to discuss arrangements for the Royal tour.
CU Queen's officials out of plane and are met by Chief of Protocol Mr. Beg and party.
SCU Sir Edward Ford, Commander Richard Colville and Major Milbank shake hands with Mr. Beg.
SV Party walk from plane.
GV Street scene in Delhi.
GV PAN..Rashtrapati Bhavan where Queen and Duke will stay.
SV Workers clean walls.
SV Workers clean walls.
SV Man paints ceiling.
GV Man dusts royal bed.
GV As seen from the Queen's suite - the Moghul Gardens.
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Background: In the midst of preparations for a visit by Queen Elizabeth to India in January, a delegation of the Queen's personal staff arrived by air in New Delhi, Oct. 28, to discuss arrangements for the Royal tour.
Received at the airport by Chief of Protocol, Mr. M. Beg, and an aide to President Prasad, the British party was headed by Sir Edward Ford, assistant private secretary to the Queen. With Sir Edward were Commander Richard Colville, Press secretary; Air Commodore Sir Edward Fielden, Captain of the Queen's Flight; Major Mark Milbank; and Mr. Stamberg of the Household department.
Meanwhile, workmen were by busy redecorating the visitor's suite at the President's house, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, cleaning up the Moghul Gardens, repairing road surfaces, and giving the statue of King George V. a face lift.
The programme prepared for Her Majesty by the Indian Government includes a hunting party in Jaipur; a race meeting in Calcutta; a parade on Republic Day, Jan. 26; and a visit to Durgapur, where British engineers are erecting one of India's three steel plants. A polo match is being arranged for the Duke of Edinburgh.
The forthcoming tour of India by Her Majesty the Queen is being eagerly awaited all over India. Every news item concerning her programme is making headlines and people all over India are looking forward to having her "DARSHAN". In the meantime official arrangements are keeping pace with the popular enthusiasms. The suite where Her Majesty will stay at Rashtrapati Bhavan is being completely renovated and workmen have busy for weeks now. Outside new frontage is being laid while an old statue of King George V. has been surrounded by scaffolding and waits repairs and cleaning.
Also arrived today from UK were some of the officials who are to look up various details concerning the tour. They were Sir EDWARD FORD (tall with clipped moustache), Comdr. RICHARD COLWILLE and Major MARK MILBANK. They were received at the airport by the Chief of Protocol Mr. M. M. Beg and an aide of the President. The officials will stay in Delhi for a few days and then proceed to Pakistan.