The Queen has welcomed the president of the United Arab Emirates to Windsor as he begins his two-day state visit.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan was given a lavish welcome as he was taken on a carriage procession with the Queen through Windsor to the Castle. His Highness was also given guard of honour as the Queen met him.
Her Majesty later hosted a state lunch in the castle’s Waterloo Chamber, for the Arab president and his ministers, with British guests being led by David Cameron, the Prime Minister.
In a speech at the lunch, the Queen told the president: “Our two countries have been close friends since before the foundation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971, under the wise guidance and leadership of your late father, Sheikh Zayed.”
She added: “The UAE is one of our largest trading partners in the Gulf region, and we have welcomed Emirati investments in the United Kingdom in many areas from the construction of the largest port facilities in the UK to the Emirates Skyline, the spectacular cable-car crossing over the Thames and, of course, Manchester City.”
The Queen made a state visit to the UAE in 2010 with the Duke of Edinburgh and most recently Prime Minister David Cameron made a visit to the United Arab Emirates in November of last year.
The president who was treated to pomp and military splendour as he arrived will meet the Prime Minister today.
Photos are courtesy of The British Monarchist Society.