Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has paid tribute to Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who died aged 96 on Thursday.
Amitabh took to his blog and wrote, “…and as we live another day, another’s life has come to an end…the queen has died…the queen of England …and a host of moments and memories follow her and her presence.”
He recalled how his father and legendary poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan was in England when the Queen was crowned.
“Babuji was in England for her doctorate, when she was crowned and the crowning was the great event of the moment in 1952.. and the short stories and books and trinkets devised then were dutifully sent to me in Allahabad.”
“Make your own coronation coach sets and the various monuments and adornments of a coronation in England were with us at 17 Clive Road, Allahabad and hours spent building them and getting books and information presented in colored books were our most precious possession. …”
He added: “A private handshake with her when she was a state guest during my university years, in India and that exclusive moment at Rashtrapati Bhavan, among us four or five.”
“The select group of guests at Buckingham Palace during Babuji’s stay in Cambridge at a private tea party with which he was called, other guests from around the country…the India cricket team in particular – the likes of Vinoo Mankad and Hazare and more.. and the signed autographs sent to us on the palace invitation card.. now all lost or misplaced when we moved from Allahabad to Delhi.
“Letters, books and memorabilia have all been lost.. too bad.. because the idea of documentation or reserve and storage in collectibles was never considered.. .. now that you look back.. regret and remorse..”