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Returning after a six week 20,000 mile tour of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Iran, the Queen was celebrated in a ‘Royal Home-Coming Number’ on March 18, 1961

(Appendix List No. 163) which was, in effect, a record of the Tour which had lasted from January 21 to March 6.
In India she rode an elephant at Ramnagar Fort, Benares; was entertained by the Indian President, Dr. Rajendra Prasad in New Delhi; watched the races at the Royal Calcutta Turf Club; passed through the Gateway of India in Bombay and was given a traditional welcome at Bhankrota. In Pakistan she was welcomed in Karachi by President Field Marshal Ayub Khan and visited the Khyber Pass, the port of Chittagong, the Shalimar Gardens at Lahore and the Malakand Pass.
In Nepal the royal couple was greeted by King Mahendra in Katmandu and attended a lavish tiger and rhinoceros hunt. In Iran they saw the splendours of Isfahan, Shiraz and Persepolis in the company of the Shah of Persia and Queen Farah. A final section of the magazine details the Queen’s return home which culminated in the Guildhall luncheon given to her by the City of London on March 10.
The coloured cover depicts Britannia in a bright red cloak standing on the cliffs of Dover welcoming the royal ‘Britannia’ aircraft.
This is issue number 6346, vol. 239 pages 417-480, measuring 37 x 26 cm and priced at four shillings.

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