Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz received a ceremonial welcome today from Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II.
The King arrived in London yesterday for a three-day state visit to Britain, his first since assuming the throne.
The Queen greeted King Abdullah on the Horse Guards Parade in a ceremonial welcome that included a 21-gun royal salute and a military guard of honor review. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells also attended the ceremony.
King Abdullah then joined Queen Elizabeth for a state carriage procession to Buckingham Palace, where she hosted a state banquet in his honor. The King is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Brown for talks tomorrow.
While in London, King Abdullah received a telephone call from President George W. Bush. They discussed regional and international issues, particularly the situation in the Middle East.
Coinciding with the King’s visit, the UK-Saudi Arabia Two Kingdoms Dialogue concluded its third meeting today. This year’s topic was “Two Kingdoms, Shared Challenges,” and workshops focused on education, culture and information cooperation.
The royal visit to Britain is the first stop on a 13-day official tour that also includes Germany, Italy and Turkey.