Modi’s day 2 in UK: Lunch with the Queen, rally at Wembley

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2015 17:26 IST
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses industry leaders at the Guildhall in London on November 12, 2015. Lunch with the British queen and address a mega rally at the Wembley stadium in the evening are the highlights of Modi’s engagements on Friday, day 2 of his visit. (AFP)

A quiet lunch with Queen Elizabeth and a mass rally at the Wembley Stadium on Friday evening to be attended by tens of thousands from the Indian diaspora are the main features of the second day of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Britain.

Modi spent the night at Chequers, the 16th century mansion in Buckinghamshire which is the country retreat of British Prime Minister David Cameron. After a meeting with Cameron in the morning, Modi is attending a roundtable with UK CEOs in London where he would make his pitch for the ‘Make in India’ campaign. The meet is likely to include representatives from major British companies like Vodafone and Rolls Royce.

Lunch with the Queen at the Buckingham Palace is next on the agenda. This is an honour normally reserved for visiting heads of state.

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Nearly 70,000 people, mostly of Indian origin, are expected to attend the rally and fireworks display at the Wembley Stadium in the evening. The crowd would be an estimated three times bigger than the one which turned up for Modi’s high-profile speech held at the Madison Square Garden in New York last year. And in a rare gesture, Cameron too will be on stage at Wembley.

On Thursday evening, Modi and Cameron signed trade deals worth nine million pounds covering six key sectors including energy, healthcare and financial services. The Prime Minister also made a pitch for investments from UK’s captains of industry during a speech at Guildhall.

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