Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

1. British pomp and ceremony were on display today to welcome the Amir of Kuwait for his high profile state visit to the UK.

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

2. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales were present to greet the 83-year-old Arab leader.

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

3. The full ceremonial greeting came within historic Windsor Castle’s quadrangle where the 1st Battalion Irish Guards were formed.

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

4. The royal party arrived at the castle – said to be the Queen’s favourite home – in a carriage procession…

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

5. …accompanied by the dazzling sight of a sovereign’s escort provided by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in their breastplates.

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

6. A skittish horse unseated its rider…

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

7. …and bolted as the ceremonial procession carrying His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah of Kuwait.

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

8. The Prince of Wales accompanied Kuwait’s Prime Minister Sheik Jaber Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

9. Already waiting was the Amir’s delegation, which included his government’s finance, foreign and commerce ministers.

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

10. State visits by foreign heads of state encompass not just the ceremonial but political, and economic elements and talks will be held.

Queen welcomes Amir of Kuwait to Windsor Castle with pomp and ceremony

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