List of all Chief Guests on Indian Republic Day Parades (1950–2020)

India an independent, sovereign and democratic country implemented its constitution on 26 January 1950. Now India is a democratic Republic that celebrates a grand ceremony on the 26 January every year to commemorate the day. 

The initial four Republic day parades were held at different places (Red Fort, Ramlila Grounds, Irwin Stadium, Kingsway) between 1950 to 1954. But the first celebration was held at Rajpath in 1955.

The Indonesian President Sukarno was the first Chief guest on the very first Republic Day parade of India. Representatives from the United Kingdom and France have been invited 5 times each.

Let’s have a look on the list of all the Chief Guests at Republic day parade;

Year

Guest Name

Country

1950

President Sukarno

Indonesia

1951

King Tribhuvan Bir Bikram Shah    

 Nepal

1952

No invitation

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1953

No invitation

 ---

1954

King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck

Bhutan

1955

Governor General Malik Ghulam Muhammad

Pakistan

1956

Chancellor of the Exchequer R. A. Butler

 

Chief Justice Kotaro Tanaka  

 United Kingdom

Japan

1957

Minister of Defence Georgy Zhukov  

 Soviet Union

1958

Marshall Ye Jianying  

China

1959

Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip  

 United Kingdom

1960

President Kliment Voroshilov

USSR

1961

Queen Elizabeth II

United Kingdom

1962

Prime Minister Viggo Kampmann  

 Denmark

1963

King Norodom Sihanouk

Cambodia

1964

Chief of Defence Staff Lord Louis Mountbatten  

 United Kingdom

1965

Food and Agriculture Minister Rana Abdul Hamid

Pakistan

1966

No invitation

 No invitation

1967

King Mohammed Zahir Shah  

 Afghanistan

1968

Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin

USSR

President Josip Broz Tito

SFR Yugoslavia

1969

Prime Minister of Bulgaria Todor Zhivkov

Bulgaria

1970

King of the Belgians Baudouin  

 Belgium

1971

President Julius Nyerere

Tanzania

1972

Prime Minister Seewoosagur Ramgoolam

Mauritius

1973

President Mobutu Sese Seko

Zaire

1974

President Josip Broz Tito

SFR Yugoslavia

Prime Minister Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike

Sri Lanka

1975

President Kenneth Kaunda

Zambia

1976

Prime Minister Jacques Chirac

France

1977

First Secretary Edward Gierek

Poland

1978

President Patrick Hillery

Ireland

1979

Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser

Australia

1980

President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing

France

1981

President José López Portillo

Mexico

1982

King Juan Carlos I

Spain

1983

President Shehu Shagari

Nigeria

1984

King Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Bhutan

1985

President Raúl Alfonsín

Argentina

1986

Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou

Greece

1987

President Alan García

Peru

1988

President Junius Jayewardene

Sri Lanka

1989

General Secretary Nguyen Van Linh

Viet Nam

1990

Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth

Mauritius

1991

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom

Maldives

1992

President Mário Soares

Portugal

1993

Prime Minister John Major

United Kingdom

1994

Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong

Singapore

1995

President Nelson Mandela

South Africa

1996

President Dr. Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Brazil

1997

Prime Minister Basdeo Panday

Trinidad and Tobago

1998

President Jacques Chirac

France

1999

King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev

Nepal

2000

President Olusegun Obasanjo

Nigeria

2001

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Algeria

2002

President Cassam Uteem

Mauritius

2003

President Mohammed Khatami

Iran

2004

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Brazil

2005

King Jigme Singye Wangchuck

Bhutan

2006

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud[

Saudi Arabia

2007

President Vladimir Putin

Russia

2008

President Nicolas Sarkozy

France

2009

President Nursultan Nazarbayev

Kazakhstan

2010

President Lee Myung Bak

Republic of Korea

2011

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Indonesia

2012

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra

Thailand

2013

King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

Bhutan

2014

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Japan

2015

President Barack Obama

United States

2016

President François Hollande

France

2017

Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed

United Arab Emirates

2018

Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah

Joko Widodo

Thongloun Sisoulith

Prime Minister Hun Sen

Najib Razak

President Htin Kyaw

Rodrigo Roa Duterte

Halimah Yacob

Prayuth Chan-ocha

Nguyễn Xuân Phúc

Brunei

Indonesia

Laos

Cambodia

Malaysia

Myanmar

Philippines

Singapore

Thailand

Vietnam

2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa  

South Africa

2020

President Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil

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