List of Chief Guests Invited in Indian Republic Day Celebrations (Updated)

Dear Readers,
The Republic Day is celebrated to remember the transition of India into a republic nation and the implementation of the Constitution of India on January 26th, 1950. A grand event is organized in the capital of New Delhi, wherein the President hoists and unfurls the Indian flag, which is followed by a massive parade. India welcomes a different chief guest every year to witness its Republic Day
celebrations. The honorable chief guest is the head of state or government of another country. The guest is chosen on the basis of certain factors, be it, strategic, diplomatic, business interest or international geo-politics.

It’s an old tradition at Republic Day Parade to invite a Prime Minister of another country showcasing our culture and traditions. In this year, India welcomes the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan , as a chief guest at the 68th Indian Republic Day 2017.

Following is the list of all Chief guest invited to attend Republic Day Parade of India (26th January) since 1950 to 2017:

Chief Guests Invited in Indian Republic Day Celebrations

Year
Guest Name
Country
2017
Crown Prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan 
Abu Dhabi 
2016
President, Francois Hollande
(5th invitation)
France
2015
President, Barack Obama
(First U.S. President to be invited)
USA
2014
Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe
Japan
2013
King, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
(4th invitation)
Bhutan
2012
Prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra
Thailand
2011
President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
(2nd invitation)
Indonesia
2010
President, Lee Myung Bak
Republic of Korea
2009
President, Nursultan Nazarbayev
Kazakhstan
2008
President, Nicolas Sarkozy
France
2007
President, Vladimir Putin
(3rd invitation)
Russia
2006
King, Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
Saudi Arabia
2005
King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Bhutan
2004
President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Brazil
2003
President, Mohammed Khatami
Iran
2002
President, Cassam Uteem
(3rd invitation)
Mauritius
2001
President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Algeria
2000
President, Olusegun Obasanjo
(2nd invitation)
Nigeria
1999
King, Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
(2nd invitation)
Nepal
1998
President, Jacques Chirac
France
1997
Prime Minister, Basdeo Panday
Trinidad and Tobago
1996
President, Dr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Brazil
1995
President, Nelson Mandela
South Africa
1994
Prime Minister, Goh Chok Tong
Singapore
1993
Prime Minister, John Major
(2nd invitation)
United Kingdom
1992
President, Mário Soares
Portugal
1991
President, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
Maldives
1990
Prime Minister, Anerood Jugnauth
Mauritius
1989
General Secretary, Nguyen Van Linh
Vietnam
1988
President, Junius Jayewardene
Sri Lanka
1987
President, Alan Garcia
Peru
1986
Prime Minister, Andreas Papandreou
Greece
1985
President, Raúl Alfonsín
Argentina
1984
King, Jigme Singye Wangchuck
Bhutan
1983
President, Shehu Shagari
Nigeria
1982
King, Juan Carlos I
Spain
1981
President, Jose Lopez Portillo
Mexico
1980
President, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing
France
1979
Prime Minister, Malcolm Fraser
Australia
1978
President, Patrick Hillery
Ireland
1977
First Secretary, Edward Gierek
Poland
1976
Prime Minister, Jacques Chirac
France
1975
President, Kenneth Kaunda
Zambia
1974
President, Josip Broz Tito
(2nd invitation)
Yugoslavia
Prime Minister, Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike
Sri Lanka
1973
President, Mobutu Sese Seko
Zaire
1972
Prime Minister, Seewoosagur Ramgoolam
Mauritius
1971
President, Julius Nyerere
Tanzania
1970
-
1969
Prime Minister, Todor Zhivkov
Bulgaria
1968
Prime Minister, Alexei Kosygin
(2nd invitation)
Soviet Union
President, Josip Broz Tito
Yugoslavia
1967
-
1966
-
1965
Food and Agriculture Minister, Rana Abdul Hamid
(2nd invitation)
Pakistan
1964
-
1963
King, Norodom Sihanouk
Cambodia
1962
-
1961
Queen, Elizabeth II
United Kingdom
1960
President, Kliment Voroshilov
Soviet Union
1959
-
1958
Marshall Ye Jianying
People’s Republic of China
1957
-
1956
-
1955
Governor General, Malik Ghulam Muhammad
(First guest for parade at Rajpath)
Pakistan
1954
King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
Bhutan
1953
-
1952
-
1951
-
1950
President, Sukarno
Indonesia

Thanks. Jai Hind.

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