HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah (center), walks with dignitaries as he arrives at Heathrow Airport in west London on Nov 26
Amir begins official state visit to UK Key talks with Cameron

LONDON, Nov 26, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah arrived in the United Kingdom on Monday for a state visit during which he is expected to meet Queen Elizabeth II.

The Amir was received at London’s Heathrow Airport by the 8th Viscount Hood of Whitley and representative of Queen Elizabeth II, Henry Lyttelton Alexander Hood, the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London Sir David Brewer; representative of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Bill Henderson, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Bernard Hogan-Howe, Kuwait’s Ambassador to the UK Abdul-Aziz Al-Duwaisan, directors of Kuwaiti bureaus in the UK and Kuwait Embassy staff members.

The Amir will reside at Windsor Palace, the queen’s country abode near London. Sheikh Sabah will start his visit program Tuesday with an official reception ceremony and military parade, accompanied by heir to the throne Prince Charles. Prince Charles will introduce the Amir to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.

Before joining the queen for the parade of the Royal Guard and cavalry, the Amir and the Duke of Edinburgh will be greeted by the Windsor Castle Guards of Honor. Following the parade will be a luncheon in Sheikh Sabah’s honor, attended by the Duke, Prince Philip.

Next on the program, the Queen of England is to accompany The Amir on a tour of the Green Drawing Room to view a collection of articles connected to the history of Kuwait.

Sheikh Sabah later heads to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for a military parade in his honor. The Amir will meet Kuwaiti and Gulf state students at the academy.

In the evening, the queen is giving a grand banquet in the Amir’s honor, where he is to address the guests, who include British Prime Minister David Cameron.

On Wednesday, the Amir will meet with Heir to the Throne Prince Charles, at his official residence, Clarence House. He later meets a number of businessmen at Lancaster House, in the hospitality of Queen’s second son Prince Andrew and in presence of Lord Jonathan Peter Marland, Parliamentary Secretary for Business, Innovation, and Skills and Chairman of the Business Ambassadors Group.
The Amir will also attend a special reception given by Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) marking 60 years since establishment of its office in the British capital.

The Amir then heads to government headquarters at 10 Downing Street for key talks with Premier Cameron, who later hosts a luncheon in the Amir’s honor.

Wednesday evening, His Highness Sheikh Sabah is attending a grand banquet hosted by the Mayor of London, Lord Roger Gifford. The guests include the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, a host of businessmen, and officials of both states, along with other dignitaries.

On the last day of the official visit, The Amir will lay a wreath of flowers on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Westminster Abbey of London. Lord John Astor, 3rd Baron Astor of Hever, will also lay a wreath on behalf of the queen’s government. The Amir will meet British armed forces officers who served in the First Gulf War.

After signing the Westminster Abbey guestbook, the Amir heads to the Palace of Westminster where he is to address some representatives from the House of Lords and House of Commons and a number of senior officials and politicians.

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