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Queen Elizabeth II’s first and only visit to Bangalore was in 1961

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Mysuru: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II the longest reigning monarch who died at the age of 96 on Thursday had visited then Bangalore (Now Bengaluru) the capital of erstwhile Mysuru State 61 years ago.

It was on February 21, 1961 that the queen accompanied by her husband Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh visited Bangalore, with Maharaja of Mysore Jayachamaraja Wadiyar the Governor of Mysore State greeting her at the Airport. The then Mayor of Bangalore and a host of officials were present, in according the reception.

According to the video that has gone viral on social media, Queen was taken in a procession in a convertible car with Jayachamaraja Wadiyar accompanying the visiting queen, in the main thoroughfares of the city.

The police escorted the visiting dignitary on motorcycles, piloting the two- wheelers in the front of the motorcade.

The curious people had gathered on the either side to catch a glimpse of the queen. 

She stopped by to receive a copy of the bible from the representatives of Bible Society of India headquartered in Bangalore. The visit of the queen also coincided with the 150th anniversary of the society, as heard in the video.

The queen visited Lalbagh botanical garden where she planted a sapling to commemorate her visit. She went through the exhibits like garland of flowers of various hues hung from the top.

A woman presented her a mango, while the stalls of Horticultural produces had been opened at the Horticulture Show during the queen’s visit.

And it was the Queen’s first and only visit to Bangalore.

– Team Mysoorunews 

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