Queen rolls out the royal red carpet as diamond jubilee celebrations continue with state visit from President of Indonesia
20:58 GMT, 31 October 2012
The Queen continued her busy year of engagements to mark her Diamond Jubilee today with a state visit from the President of Indonesia.
The Duke of Edinburgh and the Prime Minister David Cameron joined the Queen to greet Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 59, and first lady Ani Bambang Yudhoyono at Horse Guards Parade for the start of their three-day trip to the UK.
The Queen wore a tweed cream coat
dress embellished with black feathers and a matching hat and wrapped up
against the cold with white gloves. She carried a black handbag which complemented her black court shoes and accessorised with pearl earrings and
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Pleased to meet you: The Queen greets the President of the Republic of Indonesia as he arrives in London
Royal inspection: Earlier, her majesty met the gathered dignitaries along with the Duke of Edinburgh
Introductions: She then introduced them all to the president
We've met before: The Queen greets David Cameron and William Hague who were also on hand to welcome the state visitor
Real British welcome: The scene in Horse Guards that greeted the president and his wife
Pomp and circumstance: The party arrived at the palace via a state carriage procession along the Mall
Resplendent: The Queen wore a cream tweed coat dress and matching hat trimmed with feathers for the occasion
First class: The president smiled and waved as he travelled to the palace in the royal carriage
Enjoying the ride: The first lady had her own camera ready to get some snaps from her visit
Home Secretary Theresa May and Foreign
Secretary William Hague also greeted Dr and Mrs Yudhoyono before they
joined the Queen and Duke for a state carriage procession along the Mall
to Buckingham Palace, where they will stay during their visit.
The president will meet Prime Minister David Cameron and later receive
calls at the palace from Labour leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime
Minister Nick Clegg.
Pearly Queen: Her majesty wore pearl earrings and a matching necklace
Attention! The President, accompanied by The Duke of Edinburgh, review a Guard of Honour
During a private lunch, the Queen
presented the president with a pair of photographs in silver frames and a
leather-bound first edition copy of Winston Churchill's The World
Crisis 1911-1918, given in a presentation box made by the royal bindery
at Windsor Castle.
The first lady was presented with a pair of china candlesticks and a porcelain flower.
In return, the president presented the Queen with a painting entitled Mother Of Beauty by an artist called Ida Bagus Indra.
The president has been granted an honorary knighthood, which is traditionally awarded to foreign heads of state on state visits.
This evening, a lavish state banquet will be hosted by the Queen in honour of her guests.
Grand reception: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh welcome Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and first lady Ani Bambang Yudhoyono to Buckingham Palace on the first day of the state visit
Welcome: Indonesia's President arrives at Buckingham Palace where he will stay during his three-day visit
State visit: The president salutes as he is given a ceremonial welcome in Horse Guards Parade upon his arrival. David Cameron and William Hague joined the Queen to greet him
Getting acquainted: Her Majesty and Prince Andrew chat with the first lady Ani before they depart for the palace
The Queen and Philip visited Indonesia 33 years ago.
his stay, the president will visit Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior and meet International Development Secretary
He and the first lady will also visit the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at their London
home, Clarence House, to take tea and discuss Charles' charities before rounding off his visit with a speech at the
Indonesia-UK Business Forum on Friday.
All change: This evening the party dressed up for a formal banquet at the palace
Watch video of the President's arrival below…