Queen Elizabeth II hosts reception to launch UK-India Year of Culture

The British Film Institute will showcase Indian films as part of its India on Film program from April through December and Baahubali 2, will be one of the films.

The 90-year-old Queen was joined by her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, grandson Prince William and his wife Kate.

Queen Elizabeth II hosted a reception in Buckingham Palace to celebrate 2017 UK-India Year of Culture.

Indian delegation including cricket legend Kapil Dev, film actors Kamal Hassan, Suresh Gopi, singer Gurdas Mann, fashion designers Manish Arora and Manish Malhotra and sitar maestro Anoushka Shankar were present at the grand event.

And even the palace itself was "dressed" for the occasion, with a projection of the peacock, India's national bird, on its exterior in a light show commissioned by the British Council and the Indian High Commission.

Raj puri - fried unleavened bread with yoghurt herbs - and boondi chocolate rock, fried chickpea flour kernels covered in chocolate, were some of the bite-sized dishes served alongside salmon blinis and rhubarb and creme brulee tartlets.

She added that, while the main focuses of the 12-month UK-India Year of Culture were arts and culture, there were also trade links to be recognised.

Head chef at Buckingham Palace's kitchens, Mark Flanagan joined Uday Salunkhe, executive chef at Veeraswamy to develop a ideal meal for the guests.

She joked about trying to arrange a private screening for Charles to see her latest movie: "Funnily enough I was on the phone to Prince Charles' private secretary trying to work out how he can see the film and the family see the film".

"I don't have any children but if and when I have them, I'll tell them the story".

The day begins with the Band of the Grenadier Guards playing A R Rahman's Oscar-winning "Jai Ho" among other Indian-themed music at the traditional Changing of the Guard ceremony to crowds of tourists outside the palace in central London.

As per Independent, Kate Middleton and her royal in-laws welcomed several high-profiles guests including politicians, diplomats, and actors.

"It was really wonderful to meet her - she's obviously very charming and puts you at ease".

Former EastEnders actress Nina Wadia said: "Well it's amusing, if you ask my friends if they are Indian anymore they will always say we're British-Asian".

"It's very important. I think we've had a relationship of course that is, what - 250".

  • Joanne Flowers