PM’s gifts to Queen

PM-QueenPrime Minister presented the Queen some photographs taken 54 years ago from her first visit to India in January-February 1961 when she was the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. She had also
visited Varanasi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Udaipur, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. The first photograph shows her visiting the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad, one day after the commemoration of the 13th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Another in Chennai shows her at a reception in her honour by the then State of Madras where she was presented a cake to mark the first birthday of Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.  Another shows her riding an elephant in a procession to Balua Ghat in Varanasi. The PM also presented to her some award-winning Darjeeling tea from Makaibari tea estate in West Bengal, fine organic honey from Jammu and Kashmir and Tanchoi stoles that are a specialty of Varanasi.

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