London: President Pratibha Patil will
undertake a three-day visit to Britain beginning October 27,
the first state visit by any Indian Head of the State in
nearly two decades.
Acting Indian High Commissioner to the UK Asoke
Mukerji said Patil will visit Britain from October 27 to 29 at
the invitation of Queen Elizabeth. During her visit, the
President will stay at the Windsor Castle.
"After a long time, a state visit will take place in
the last week of October," Mukerji said, while speaking at a
function organised by the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan to celebrate
India`s Independence Day.
Mukerji noted that this would be the third State Visit
by an Indian President to the UK. Late Presidents S
Radhakrishnan and R Venkataraman visited the UK in 1963 and
The Acting High Commissioner also noted that India has
become the second largest investor in the UK, next only to the
"India has become a beacon of hope in the region," he
said and praised the Indian Community in the UK for their
Describing the Indian community in UK as unique, he
said it has not only prospered but helped the UK-India
relations to take deep root.