10:40AM, Sunday 28 April 2013
Colour and pageantry will come to Windsor on Tuesday when the Queen welcomes the President of the United Arab Emirates.
Hundreds of soldiers will line the streets on the route to Windsor Castle at the start of a two-day state visit by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
Horses and cavalrymen in plumed helmets and silver breastplates will escort the Queen.
The visit will begin when the Queen formally welcomes the President at Windsor and Eton Riverside station, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh.
Following a 21 gun Royal Salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the president will be driven in a carriage procession through the town to Windsor Castle, where the Welsh Guards will provide a Guard of Honour.
The Sovereign’s Escort through Windsor will be commanded by Major Nick Stewart of the Life Guards.
“Escorting Her Majesty on a State Visit is a very special privilege,” commented Major Stewart. “All the soldiers of the Regiment will have worked tremendously hard to ensure that the occasion is memorable and works according to plan.”
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