Pomp and ceremony in Windsor for Indian state visit

Wednesday October 28, 2009

All the stops were pulled out when the Queen greeted an Indian president to Britain for the first time in 20 years on Tuesday.

Pratibha Patil, India's first female leader, and her husband were escorted to Windsor Castle in opulent style in a horse-drawn carriage accompanied by the Household Cavalry.

Watched by the Queen and Prince Philip, Mrs Patil then inspected waiting troops in the quadrangle of the grounds before several hundred soldiers took part in an impressive march past.

With formalities over, the party sat down for lunch, the British monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh exchanging gifts with their visitors.

The quartet were then joined by Prince Charles and Camilla to pour over a impressive selection of Indian themed artefacts, before enjoying a sumptuous white-tie banquet (pictured).

Guests - who feasted on halibut, salted saddle of lamb, stuffed courgettes and mango ice cream - included David Cameron and his wife Samantha and J K Rowling.

Photo: © Getty

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