PM Modi accorded ceremonial guard of honour in London

London, Nov. 12 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a three-day visit of the United Kingdom, was given a impressive ceremonial Guard of Honour in the Treasury Quadrangle on King Charles Street here on Thursday afternoon.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and key members of his cabinet were also present on the occasion.

A guard of honour is formed to present formal ceremonial compliments to dignitaries by a guard not exceeding 100 personnel (including three officers, one with a colour) with other particular distinguished individuals saluted by a guard not exceeding 50 personnel. A half guard is a colloquial term describing a guard of honour of not more than 50 personnel (including two officers, one with a colour).

A guard of honour could have a single service contingent or it could be a tri service (inter-service) affair.

The guard commander, after saluting the dignitary, marches up to him or her and escorts him or her to inspect the guard (soldiers in formation).

During the salute, the national anthems of both the dignitary’s country and the host country are usually played by a ceremonial band.

After the ceremony, both Prime Ministers headed in for bilateral-level talks that are expected to last for about 60 to 90-minutes.

Prime Minister Modi arrived here today on a three-day bilateral visit to the United Kingdom.

He was received at the Heathrow Airport by the Indian High Commissioner to UK Rajan Mathai, UK’s High Commissioner to India James Bevan along with several senior officials of the British Government and the military attache of the Indian High Commission.

This is Prime Minister Modi’s first visit to Britain since assuming office last year and is also the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the UK in almost a decade. (ANI)

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