Queen Elizabeth II visit to India 1983: Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest reigning Monarch, passed away on 8th September 2022, Thursday at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Queen Elizabeth had visited India thrice during her reign in England and her first visit was in 1961. She was the first monarch to visit India after India gained independence from colonial rule and was the first to visit after a period of 50 years. Queen Elizabeth II visited India thrice, in 1961, 1983, and 1997, having admired India’s richness and diversity, her visits were special in their own way. In this article, we will have a look at the Queen’s India visit in the year 1983.
The first visit to India by the Queen and Prince was in January 1961. She visited Rajghat and offered her ceremonial wreath at Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s memorial and inaugurated the AIIMS and with this visited Agra, Mumbai, Varanasi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Chennai.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited India for the second time in 1983, at the Invitation of the President of India, Giani Zail Singh. This time was in coincidence with the seventh summit of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting shortly known as CHOGM. India, being one of the largest Commonwealth nations hosted this summit.
The Queen and Prince stayed at the refurbished Rashtrapati Bhavan for their stay. Indira Gandhi was then the Prime Minister of the Country, met the Queen in New Delhi, and escorted the royals to different places. The Royals were on a nine-day visit to India and on November 24, 1983, presented Mother Theresa the Insignia of the Honorary Order of Merit. There are several pictures on the internet available taken during the time of visit.
The Queen then visited India in the year 1997 which was her third and final visit. The year commemorated the 50th year of Indian Independence and the Queen visited the Jallianwala Bagh Memorial at Amritsar and acknowledged the difficulties they put on the Indians during their colonial rule.