President Xi Jingping's visit will start on Tuesday, when the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will escort him from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel to Horse Guards Parade in London. The Queen will host a state banquet for Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan.
Guard of Honor, comprising Grenadier Guards, the Queen's Color and Army musicians, process out of Buckingham Palace after taking part in a full rehearsal early in the morning on Friday in preparation for President Xi Jingping's state visit to the UK next week. Photos: CFP
Members of the Grenadier Guards conduct a full dress rehearsal for the guard of honor early in the morning on Friday. Photo: Chinanews.com
The regimental band walks out of the gates of Buckingham Palace during a full dress rehearsal. Photo: Chinanews.com
The Grenadier Guards wear their full ceremonial uniforms, including extravagant helmets. Photo: Chinanews.com
This carriage, which will carry President Xi Jinping and the Queen to Buckingham Palace, is pulled during the rehearsal early in the morning on Oct 17, 2015. Photo: Chinanews.com
A guard salutes during a full dress rehearsal. Photo: Chinanews.com