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Year Guest name Country Note
1950 President Sukarno[1]  Indonesia
1951 King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah[2]    Nepal
1952 No Invitation
1953 No Invitation
1954 King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck[3]  Bhutan
1955 Governor General Malik Ghulam Muhammad[4]  Pakistan First guest for parade at Rajpath[5]
1956 Chancellor of the Exchequer R. A. Butler  United Kingdom Note[6] Two guests[6]
Chief Justice Kōtarō Tanaka  Japan
1957 Minister of Defence Georgy Zhukov[7]  Soviet Union
1958 Marshall Ye Jianying[8]  China
1959 Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip[9][10][11]  United Kingdom 2nd invitation
1960 Chairman Kliment Voroshilov[12]  Soviet Union 2nd invitation
1961 Queen Elizabeth II[13]  United Kingdom 3rd invitation, Note[7]
1962 Prime Minister Viggo Kampmann[14]  Denmark Note[8]
1963 King Norodom Sihanouk[15]  Cambodia
1964 Chief of Defence Staff Lord Louis Mountbatten[16]  United Kingdom 4th invitation, Note[9]
1965 Food and Agriculture Minister Rana Abdul Hamid  Pakistan 2nd invitation
1966 No invitation No invitation Note[10]
1967 King Mohammed Zahir Shah[17]  Afghanistan Note[11]
1968 Chairman Alexei Kosygin  Soviet Union 3rd invitation Two guests[18]
President Josip Broz Tito  Yugoslavia
1969 Prime Minister Todor Zhivkov[19]  Bulgaria
1970 King of the Belgians Baudouin[20][21]  Belgium Note[12]
1971 President Julius Nyerere[22]  Tanzania
1972 Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam[23]  Mauritius
1973 President Mobutu Sese Seko[24]  Zaire
1974 President Josip Broz Tito  Yugoslavia 2nd invitation Two guests[25]
Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike  Sri Lanka
1975 President Kenneth Kaunda[26]  Zambia
1976 Prime Minister Jacques Chirac[27]  France
1977 First Secretary Edward Gierek[28]  Poland
1978 President Patrick Hillery[29]  Ireland
1979 Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser[30]  Australia
1980 President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing  France 2nd invitation
1981 President Jose Lopez Portillo[31]  Mexico
1982 King Juan Carlos I[32]  Spain
1983 President Shehu Shagari[33]  Nigeria
1984 King Jigme Singye Wangchuck[34]  Bhutan 2nd invitation
1985 President Raúl Alfonsín[35]  Argentina
1986 Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou[36]  Greece
1987 President Alan Garcia[37]  Peru
1988 President J. R. Jayewardene[38]  Sri Lanka 2nd invitation
1989 General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh[39]  Vietnam
1990 Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth[40]  Mauritius 2nd invitation
1991 President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom[41]  Maldives
1992 President Mário Soares[41]  Portugal
1993 Prime Minister John Major[41]  United Kingdom 5th invitation
1994 Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong[41]  Singapore
1995 President Nelson Mandela[42]  South Africa
1996 President Fernando Henrique Cardoso[41]  Brazil
1997 Prime Minister Basdeo Panday[41]  Trinidad and Tobago
1998 President Jacques Chirac[41]  France 3rd invitation
1999 King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev[41]    Nepal 2nd invitation
2000 President Olusegun Obasanjo[41]  Nigeria 2nd invitation
2001 President Abdelaziz Bouteflika[41]  Algeria
2002 President Cassam Uteem[41]  Mauritius 3rd invitation
2003 President Mohammed Khatami[41]  Iran
2004 President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva[41]  Brazil 2nd invitation
2005 King Jigme Singye Wangchuck[41]  Bhutan 3rd invitation
2006 King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud[41]  Saudi Arabia
2007 President Vladimir Putin[41]  Russia 4th invitation
2008 President Nicolas Sarkozy[41]  France 4th invitation
2009 President Nursultan Nazarbayev[41]  Kazakhstan
2010 President Lee Myung Bak[43]  South Korea
2011 President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono[44][45]  Indonesia 2nd invitation
2012 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra[46]  Thailand
2013 King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck[47]  Bhutan 4th invitation
2014 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe[48]  Japan 2nd invitation
2015 President Barack Obama[49]  United States
2016 President François Hollande  France 5th invitation[50]
2017 Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan[51]  United Arab Emirates
2018 Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah  Brunei Ten guests (Heads of ASEAN states)[52]
Prime Minister Hun Sen  Cambodia 2nd invitation
President Joko Widodo  Indonesia 3rd invitation
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith  Laos
Prime Minister Najib Razak  Malaysia
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi  Myanmar
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte  Philippines
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong  Singapore 2nd invitation
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha  Thailand 2nd invitation
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc  Vietnam 2nd invitation
2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa[53][54]  South Africa 2nd invitation
2020 President Jair Bolsonaro  Brazil 3rd invitation


1.^ On each of these occasions, Lady Edwina Mountbatten from United Kingdom was also the official guest for the parade.[6][16]
2.^ Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip also accompanied Queen Elizabeth II during the parade.[13]
3.^ Danish Prime Minister attended Republic Day in Madras (Chennai).[55]
4.^ No invitations were sent out possibly due to the demise of Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on 11 January 1966 in Tashkent. The new government headed by Indira Gandhi was sworn on 24 January 1966 (only two days before the Republic Day).[56]
5.^ For the first time, the President of India (S. Radhakrishnan) could not take the salute at the Republic Day parade due to ill-health.[57] Zahir Shah arrived on 28 January.[58]
6.^ Attended only the Beating Retreat[20][21]


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