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Friday, October 16, 2015, 12:01

Behind-the-scene look at Xi's Buckingham Palace welcome

By Agencies

President Xi Jinping will pay a five-day state visit to the United Kingdom from Monday at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II. It will be the first official visit by a Chinese president for a decade but friendship between Chinese leaders and British royals spans generations.

Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan will stay at Buckingham Palace which is preparing for its latest Chinese visitor. A high-profile welcome will be held at the palace, and Xi will later be shown around. His stay will include a glittering state banquet.

Having served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns since 1837, Buckingham Palace today is the administrative headquarters of the monarch.

State visits traditionally occur during the first and second half of each year, although more than 60,000 people on average visit the palace annually.

Behind-the-scene look at Xi's Buckingham Palace welcome
The undated photo shows the view of Buckingham Palace in London. ( Photo/CRI)

Behind-the-scene look at Xi's Buckingham Palace welcome
A royal carriage. A similar one will convey Xi and the queen to the palace after a welcome ceremony performed by royal troops. ( Photo/CRI)
Behind-the-scene look at Xi's Buckingham Palace welcome
Royal troopers and horses began training six weeks before the visit, said a commander at Hyde Park barracks. ( Photo/CRI)

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