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Queen Camilla unveils portrait of British Indian spy Noor Inayat Khan in London

London. Britain’s Queen Camilla has visited the Royal Air Force (RAF) here to honor the contribution of Noor Inayat Khan, an Indian-origin spy and descendant of Tipu Sultan, as an undercover agent for Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE) during World War II. ) unveiled a new portrait of the club.

The Queen, 76, on Tuesday formally named a room in the RAF Club, where a stained glass window displays portraits of women who have contributed to the RAF, as the “Noor Inayat Khan Room”, which was inaugurated by her mother-in-law, the then Queen. Queen Elizabeth II did in 2018. Noor was a member of the RAF’s Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) when she was recruited into SOE in 1942 and became one of two members of the WAAF awarded the George Cross (GC) for conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger. Gone.

British Indian author Srabani Basu presented a copy of Noor’s biography Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan to the Queen at the unveiling ceremony. “It was a proud moment for the Queen to unveil Noor Inayat Khan’s portrait at the RAF Club,” Basu said. Born Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan in Moscow in 1914 to an Indian Sufi saint father and an American mother, she attended her high school. She moved to London at a young age, before settling in Paris for the years 1945.

After the defeat of France during World War II, she moved to England and joined the WAAF. He was recruited in late 1942, into the SOE—which was formed during the war to carry out espionage, sabotage activities and reconnaissance in occupied territories. Noor’s new portrait was unveiled at the RAF Club in the presence of his relatives, including cousin Sheikh Mahmood, 95, and nephew Peer Zia Inayat Khan.

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