Queen welcomes UAE president to the UK

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh with the President of the United Arab Emirates. Credit: PA Wire

Britain's close links with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were praised by the Queen as she welcomed the nation's president to the UK.

Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, on a two-day state visit to the UK, was formally greeted by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh during a ceremony full of pomp and military splendour staged at Windsor Castle.

The Queen later hosted a state lunch for the Arab leader and his ministers and officials, with British guests led by Prime Minister David Cameron.