Queen Elizabeth II hosted a reception in Buckingham Palace to celebrate 2017 UK-India Year of Culture.
The Queen had extended an invitation to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for this reception.
Prime Minister Modi nominated a delegation led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to represent him at the reception. The reception was attended by close to 200 eminent persons from the cultural arena including sports, theatre, dance, films, art, design, food, etc.
The Earl of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and Princess Eugenie also attended the reception.
Upon arrival, the guests were treated to Indian-themed performances and a special Indian menu of canapes made by royal chefs working alongside chefs from Veeraswamy, the UK’s oldest Indian Restaurant.
A projection of Indian motifs in the form of India’s national bird, the peacock was projected on the facade of the Palace.
Earlier in the day, the Band of Grenadier Guards displayed a selection of Indian themed music, including tracks from the film Slumdog Millionaire.
To celebrate the 2017 year of culture, a host of events and exhibitions will take place in both UK and India, in partnership with the British Council, the Indian High Commission in London, UK institutions and their Indian counterparts.
“It’s very important. I think we’ve had a relationship of course that is, what 250-260-years-old? Indian culture is one that is getting a lot of global attention at the moment and to have the country of England and the Queen and the government behind us is very important and to be part of it as an Indian artist is really a dream for me,” said British-Indian actor and writer Kunal Nayyar, known for his role in US sitcom The Big Bang Theory.