Queen Elizabeth talks to the Emir of Kuwait at Windsor Castle
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II followed by Prince Charles (L) and Prince Philip (R) talks to the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah (2nd R) at Windsor Castle on a state visit to Britain in Windsor, southern England, on November 27, 2012. The Queen welcomed the Emir to Britain on Tuesday with a gilded carriage ride at the start of a three-day state visit. © Toby Melville - POOL/AFP
Queen Elizabeth talks to the Emir of Kuwait at Windsor Castle
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Last updated: November 27, 2012

British pomp as Kuwait emir begins state visit

Queen Elizabeth II welcomed the Emir of Kuwait 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 oil-rich 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 al-Ahmad al-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 emir 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.

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