President Pratibha Patil has invited Queen Elizabeth II to visit India, saying a “warm welcome” awaits her on what would be her fourth visit in 57 years as British monarch.

“India is hosting the Commonwealth Games in October 2010. Your Majesty, I take this opportunity to invite you to visit India on that occasion,” Patil said in speech at a state banquet hosted in her honour by the Queen at Windsor Castle.

“A warm welcome awaits you there. It will also give you an opportunity to see how much India has changed since your last visit in 1997.”

Earlier, the Queen, welcoming Patil to Britain in her speech, said, “Prince Philip and I have fond memories of our own visits to India, and my family have been frequent guests of your's in recent years.”