Queen Elizabeth II has become the first British empress to celebrate the platinum jubilee.
On Sunday, the 95-year-old queen completed 70 years of her rule. She had occupied the British throne on February 6, 1952, following the death of her father, Emperor George VI. George VI was also the last emperor of India. Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation took place in June 1953 and she made her first royal visit to India in 1961 with her husband Prince Philip (Duke of Edinburgh).
She became the first British empress to visit India after independence. During her royal tour that began in January, the Queen attended the grand Republic Day celebrations at Rajpath on January 26. In the presence of the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, he was accorded a grand welcome in the grand courtyard of the historic Ramlila Maidan amidst a huge crowd.
Along with Prince Philip, he had also formally inaugurated the buildings of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) during a grand ceremony in the presence of the then President Rajendra Prasad. AIIMS was established in 1956.
• In 1961, Queen Elizabeth II, who arrived at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, inaugurated the AIIMS building.
• Queen Elizabeth II became the first British empress to visit India in 1961 after the historic visit of her grandfather, Emperor George V and Queen Mary to the Delhi Durbar of 1911.
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