The State Visit to the UK of the President of India Pratibha Patil kicked off today with an official welcome by Queen Elizabeth.

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The arrival ceremony included a carriage procession through the streets of Windsor, ending at Windsor Castle. There, Prince Philip accompanied President Patil in inspecting the Honor Guard. After the welcome ceremony, Queen Elizabeth  hosted a private lunch for President Patil. Prin ce Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall were also present at the welcome ceremony.

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In the evening, the Queen hosted a State Banquet at Windsor Castle’s St George’s Hall. Of course, for such formal events like this, the Queen wears a tiara. This time, it’s the Burmese Ruby Tiara, a dazzling array of rubies and diamonds set to imitate a wreath of roses. The tiara is named for the rubies which were given as a wedding present to the Queen from the people of Burma.

Here are a couple of photos of the magnificent carriage procession through Windsor today:

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images: Fame Pictures (top 3 photos); Zuma Press (bottom two)