A republic is far closer to democratic traditions than a monarchy, where a queen or king from one dynasty is more privileged than the rest of the citizens.
Perhaps only the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II could compare to the pomp and ceremony that will accompany this congress in Beijing, with the weeklong conclave commencing on 16 October.
During her three-day visit to London, Murmu also attended the reception hosted by UK's King Charles III at Buckingham Palace.
A native of Begalapur village in Jagatsinghpur district, Dr Das was the first Odia to receive the coveted award.
The UK observed a two-minute silence in a poignant nationwide tribute at the conclusion of a majestic state funeral ceremony at Westminster Abbey.
The gold, pink and deep burgundy colour flowers and plants, taken from the gardens of royal properties, were chosen for their symbolism.
The Lord Chamberlain, the most senior official in the British royal household, broke a rod known as the “wand of office” as the royal family and hundreds of mourners bid a final farewell to the late m
The coffin is being transported to Windsor, outside the British capital, where the former monarch will be laid to rest later Monday.
In a sermon at the monarch's funeral in Westminster Abbey, the leader of the Church of England said the queen 'was joyful, present to so many, touching a multitude of lives.'
2,000 guests made up of world leaders, royalty from the UK and overseas and community leaders are attending the funeral, India was represented by President Droupadi Murmu.
After the funeral, the flag-draped coffin of the queen, topped with the majestic Imperial State Crown, will be taken west to Windsor Castle.
The state funeral starts, conducted by the Dean of Westminster, David Hoyle, with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby giving the sermon.
Biden and first lady Jill Biden were among thousands of mourners — from locals and tourists to royals and world leaders — to pay their respects at Westminster Hall, where the queen is lying in state.
More than 10,000 police officers will be on duty Monday, with London bobbies supplemented by reinforcements from all of Britain’s 43 police forces.
Ahead of Monday's funeral service, the President is invited to a reception hosted by King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla at Buckingham Palace.
There is no cost to obtaining a royal warrant, and suppliers continue to provide their services to the grantor on a commercial basis, while the royals are also free to use other suppliers.
Queen's death has also raised calls for a re-examination of the death and deprivation inflicted by Britain’s colonial rule in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Charles said he believed in protecting the space for all faiths, building on the foundation laid by his "beloved mother".
She kept up appearances in an institution that has been irrelevant for 75 years but memories of occasional brutality and systematic extraction ... remain.
In March last year, China had sanctioned individuals and organisations in the UK after Britain imposed sanctions on Chinese officials for alleged human rights abuses in its Xinjiang province.