Best pictures from from President Xi’s state visit to UK

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Chinese President Xi Jinping received a ceremonial welcome by the Queen of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth II, as he began his first day of his four-day visit to the UK.

President Xi, accompanied by his wife Peng Liyuan, then took part in a procession along The Mall to Bunkingham Palace, where a state banquet will be held later.

Assisting the Queen to welcome the Chinese leader were the Duke of Edinburgh and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.

A 41-gun salute was held in Green Park in honour of President Xi’s visit after which he was given a guard of honour during the reception at Horse Guards Parade.

Here are some of the best pictures from President Xi’s welcome ceremony;

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Excited onlookers at The Mall, where the procession was held

 

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Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh welcome President Xi as he arrives at Horse Guards Parade

 

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President Xi inspecting a guard of honour during the reception at Horse Guards Parade

 

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Earlier; Prince Charles meets the Chinese president at a hotel in central London

 

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President Xi alongside Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh before the procession began

 

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