The late British Royal Queen, Elizabeth ll two times visited Pakistan. One in 1961 and then in 1997. In the year 1961, when Queen Elizabeth visited Pakistan, she was with her husband Prince Philip. At that time she was 34 years old. Her visit was from 1st February to 16th February 1961. She visited Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta, and also the Northern areas of Pakistan. When the royal couple landed in Karachi, they were greeted by Mohammad Ayub Khan, as he was the president at that time. The Queen was greeted with a royal salute of 21 guns and then a royal salute of 100 guns. The royal couple was also the first to visit Mazar-e-Quaid.
In Lahore, the royal couple visited the tomb of Allama Iqbal, Lahore Fort along with Shalimar Gardens, and Badshahi Mosque. Our Pak-army also held a grand dinner for the British Royal couple. They also attended a reception. They were also entertained through horses and polo as the love of the queen for horses and the love of the Prince for polo were remembered.
The next visit of the Queen to Pakistan was 36 years later and in the year 1997, October. In total it was six days trip. When they landed in Islamabad, the Royal couple was welcomed by a 21-gun salute and received by foreign minister, Gohar Ayub Khan. At that time, Nawaz Sharif was the Prime Minister of Pakistan and Sardar Farooq Leghari was the President. Eminent British Newspaper, the Independent reported that along with the Duke of Edinburgh, she also visited the grand Faisal Mosque, and in keeping with Islamic etiquette, she tied a headscarf and took off her shoes before stepping into the white marble building.
The royal visit marks Pakistan’s 50th independence from Britain. The Queen stayed in the country for six days — visiting the resort areas of Karachi and Murree, while also meeting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. The Queen also paid a historic visit to the National College of Arts and Kim Gunn’s memorial in Lahore. He also made a short visit to Lahore in a vintage 1984, black Rolls Royce (LXQ 2200) owned by Makhdoom Syed Ahmed Mahmood.
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