Her Majesty the Queen welcomed Sheikh Khalifa Al-Nahyan, the President of the UAE to Windsor today.  I was on duty so couldn’t spend too much time taking pictures, but managed to click off a few shots.

welcome podium

At Datchet Road, just past the Station they built a temporary welcome podium. This is where Her Majesty formally greeted her guests.  The Mayor and Mayoress (Cllr Colin Rayner and Samantha Rayner) and Windsor MP Adam Afriyie were on hand too. The Royal party included Prince Phillip and Prince Andrew.

mounted policePlenty of police around in the morning sunshine.Security was tight, but everyone seemed in good spirits and very friendly. Lots of police took the time to wave at the kids and smile.

guards

Then the guards took up position along the route. Really stunning uniforms.  The Union Jack and UAE flags were being handed out by a group of happy volunteers.

crowds gather

Crowds started to gather mid morning and the noise levels rose. I kept getting asked what time the Queen was coming, but had to admit I was out of the loop on that particular detail.

crowdedAt the top of Peascod Street the crowds were 5 people deep. The mounted bands were particularly impressive, riding at a fair old trot up and down the High Street whilst playing in time is surely a skill very few of us could ever master.

troopers passing the guildhall

Plenty of other people got shots of the Queen going past, but I had to put my camera away and get on with some work.  Sorry!

Over at the Guildhall a group of Councillors were in full ceremonial robes too. The more pomp and ceremony the better on a day like this.

After the carriages containing the Royal Party had passed by one of the bands stopped outside the Hart and Garter and did a fantastic rendition of ‘Don’t Stop Me Know’ by Queen. The lead trumpet player in particular needs congratulating for a truly spectacular solo.

 

 

State Visit of President of UAE