A spectacular welcome for the Queen in the ancient desert kingdom of Oman

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A spectacular welcome for the Queen in the ancient desert kingdom of Oman

The two heads of state are old friends. And there was a convivial atmosphere, with plenty of jokes and laughter, even at the state banquet, at which they exchanged gifts.

Over dinner, the Queen was presented with a Faberge-style musical egg and a stunning gold vase. Meanwhile, she gave her host the Royal Victorian chain, a personal honour reserved for her inner circle