Queen Elizabeth II will host a special reception at Buckingham Palace to kick start the UK-India Year of Culture celebrations in Britain, the Indian high commissioner here has said, noting that the bilateral ties have merged “truly exciting”.
In his address at the annual Republic Day event in London, Indian high commissioner to the UK Y.K. Sinha said a number of events are being planned to mark the “momentous” year.
“We are very happy that 2017 is the year of Indian culture in the UK. It is also the year India marks 70 years of independence. They both go hand in hand this year as we celebrate this momentous occasion and we are very honoured by Her Majesty’s decision to start off the year with a reception at Buckingham Palace,” Mr Sinha said.
The reception is expected to take place towards the end of February, with a formal date announcement expected in a few weeks. “The India-UK relationship has never looked better. It has stepped up to a level which is truly exciting, truly encouraging.”