With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in England, the princess of the former royal family of Mysuru, Kamakshi Devi Wadiyar, recalled the fond memories of her visit to Bangalore in 1961.
A “made in colour” video now making the rounds on social media brought back memories of his first visit to India after independence.
”We are extremely saddened by the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a worthy woman,” recalls Kamakshi Devi.
”I was only eight years old when Her Majesty visited Bengaluru. My father, the Rajya Pramukh of the State, Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadeyar, received the Queen at the airport. With my mother and siblings, I watched his arrival from afar,” Kamakshi Devi recalls.
Later, Queen Elizabeth II was taken to the “residence”, now known as Raj Bhavan, which is the lavish home of the governor of Karnataka, the princess recalled from the former royal family of Mysore.
The whole event was grand with the limited resources available at the time, Kamakshi Devi recalls.
Elizabeth II spent her night at the Cubbon Bungalow on the Nandi Hills, she added.
Recalling the Queen’s visit, Anand Sirur, an elderly resident of Bengal, said the whole event was marked by grandeur.
”I was 30 at the time. I remember the government and private organizations announcing a public holiday in honor of the Queen’s visit. The oil mills, which never closed, were closed for the day so employees could view the historic event,” recalls Sirur, now 91.
He said he stood on “Cubbon Road” next to the Capitol Hotel to see the slow cavalcade and the Queen waving at people who waved at her.
The video circulating widely on social media shows the Queen stepping off the plane and Mysore Maharaja Jayachamarajendra Wadeyar presenting her with a bouquet.
Hundreds of people gathered at Bangalore airport to see her. Later, the Queen received a copy of the Bible, translated into Hindi. The video also shows the current MG Road, where a subway station has now appeared.
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