Queen Elizabeth welcomes Amir

WINDSOR, United Kingdom, Nov 27, (Agencies): Queen Elizabeth II welcomed HH the Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah to Britain on Tuesday with a gilded carriage ride at the start of a three-day state visit.
The trip, aimed at cementing the strong relations between London and its Gulf ally, kicked off with a traditional display of ceremonial pomp in Windsor, west of London.
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, accompanied Sheikh Sabah to the town, where he was met by Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip before a glittering state procession and a guard of honour.
It is the first state visit from Kuwait to Britain since 1995.
On Wednesday, the Amir was to have a private audience with Charles, attend a meeting with British industry leaders hosted by the queen’s second son Prince Andrew and hold talks with Prime Minister David Cameron.
Sheikh Sabah is accompanied on the trip by his finance, foreign and commerce ministers.
The queen arrived at Windsor in a carriage procession with an escort provided by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment dressed in breastplates and plumed helmets.
Queen Elizabeth II also held Tuesday a luncheon for the Amir of Kuwait and his accompanying delegation at Windsor Castle.
The Amir exchanged official gifts with Queen Elizabeth II.
The Amir and Queen Elizabeth II then viewed an exhibition of Kuwaiti items from the Royal Collection.
The Amir exchanged official medals with Queen Elizabeth II.
The Amir decorated Queen Elizabeth II with the prestigious Mubarak Al-Kabir Medal while the UK Queen decorated the Amir with The Most Honourable Order of Bath.
The Amir also visited the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Tuesday.
Sheikh Sabah was received by the Academy Commandant Major-General Timothy Evans and senior officers.
The national anthem of Kuwait was played and then the Amir and the official delegation accompanying him were briefed on the history of the Royal Military Academy.
Sheikh Sabah then met with students from the State of Kuwait and the GCC countries.




 

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