The Queen embraces tradition in Abu Dhabi

The Queen embraces tradition in Abu Dhabi

Fresh from the excitement of her grandson’s wedding announcement, Queen Elizabeth II touched down in Abu Dhabi on a five-day state visit to the region.

And she wasn't just welcomed by officials from the Gulf state.

Her son Prince Andrew – who had arrived earlier – was also on hand at the airport.

Speaking of the royal wedding announcement he told reporters: "I'm aware that the UK has taken Kate to their heart. I think that's absolutely wonderful news.

"I understand the wedding is going to take place over a bank holiday weekend so it's another excuse for a good party," he added.

First stop on the official visit for the Queen was a trip to Abu Dhabi’s Great Mosque.

Dressed appropriately for the visit in a gold crystal-embroidered coat and matching scarf to cover her head, the Queen entered the mosque without her shoes as tradition dictates.

Thursday November 25, 2010

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