Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Queen Rania started Tuesday a state visit to Britain, where Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip at Windsor Castle welcomed them.
Security was high, with police patrolling the nearby River Thames, said the Jordan Times.
Meanwhile, plainclothes detectives mingled with the thousands of onlookers and armed officers kept watch from rooftops.
Before entering the castle, the Amman-based paper said, the Royal couples paraded in horse-drawn carriages, escorted by the Household Cavalry in full ceremonial uniform of plumes and breastplates.
King Abdullah, who met the Prime Minister Tony Blair in Amman last week during the latter’s whistle-stop Middle Eastern tour in support of the international anti-terrorism campaign, will see the prime minister again on Thursday at Blair's 10 Downing Street residence, the report said.
On Wednesday, the king is to meet with business representatives to discuss investment opportunities in Jordan, before addressing parliament a day later and lunching with Blair– Albawaba.com
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