Muscat: Buckingham Palace marked the start of the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture by projecting a colourful Indian peacock design onto the iconic palace.
The luminous projection, which went up on Monday evening, illustrated dancing individuals and bright colours which form the body of a peacock.
"It features a peacock design, which is celebrated as the National bird of India, and dancer motifs representing the country and culture," The Royal Family Twitter account explained.
According to an official announcement from the Royal Family, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on Monday to launch the 2017 Year of Culture between the two countries, and on occasion of the 70th Anniversary of India's Independence.
"Her Majesty and other members of the Royal Family met many people from various fields of work, including performing arts, fashion, food, literature and sport in order to celebrate the deep cultural ties between the UK and India," the royal announcement explained.
A series of events and exhibitions with relation to the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture will take place in both the UK and India. They will be in partnership with the British Council, the Indian High Commission in London, as well as UK Institutions and their Indian counterparts.
"The aim is to connect and inspire people to celebrate the long-standing relationship and vibrant cultural history," the Royal announcement read.