Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Buckingham Palace hosts reception celebrating UK-India Year of Culture.



Her Majesty the Queen hosted a reception in Buckingham Palace on February 27, evening to celebrate 2017 UK-India Year of Culture. The reception was attended by The Duke of Edinburgh and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge among other royals. Indian celebrities were also in attendance.

The reception marked the launch of the Year of Culture, an event that will celebrate the deep cultural ties between the two countries through a series of year-long events and exhibitions in both countries. "This is a wonderful change of scene and I hope it means that there will be lots of partnerships and interesting joining ups of things. I mean, it's funny because I feel as if it's already happening. You know, I think these two countries have been in love with each other. It's like a marriage, we are sort of stuck together for some weird reason," said Ayesha Dharkar, a British-Indian actress who appeared in Hollywood blockbuster Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones.

"It's very important. I think we've had a relationship of course that is, what - 250 .. 260-years-old? Indian culture is one that is getting a lot of global attention at the moment and to have the country of England and the Queen and the government behind us is very important and to be part of it as an Indian artist is really a dream for me," said British-Indian actor and writer Kunal Nayyar, known for his role in U.S. sitcom The Big Bang Theory. As part of the celebrations, a colourful projection was cast across the exterior of Buckingham Palace featuring a peacock, the national bird of India.

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