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In pictures: China visit

Protestors fly flags outside Buckingham Palace

Hundreds of demonstrators from the Free Tibet Campaign, who want an end to Chinese occupation of Tibet, gathered to greet China's president, Hu Jintao.

Free Tibet campaigners operate a radio-controlled tank carrying a Chinese flag

Some of the demonstrations were more symbolic than vocal. A group of campaigners operated a radio-controlled tank carrying a Chinese flag as part of their protest.

A police officer leads a man away

Police were on hand to ensure that opponents and supporters of the Chinese government expressed their views peacefully.

Chinese people watch as President Hu Jintao and the Queen are driven past them

Despite large-scale protests, large numbers of people descended on the Mall in London to wave flags and take photographs as China's president and the Queen drove past.

Horse drawn carriage containing China's president

Hu Jintao accompanied the Queen in a carriage on his way to Buckingham Palace, where he and his wife will stay.

Princess Anne and President Hu Jintao

Hu Jintao also met Princess Anne as the first day of his visit gathered pace.

The Queen and Chinese president Hu Jintao

The Chinese president appeared to enjoy a warm relationship with his host, the Queen.

President Hu Jintao, next to the Queen (l), shakes hands with Tony Blair, who is next to Jack Straw and Charles Clarke

The president had the opportunity to met Tony Blair, as well as Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and Home Secretary Charles Clarke. He will meet Mr Blair for talks on Wednesday.

President Hu Jintao inspects a guard of honour in Horseguards Parade

The Chinese president was given the opportunity to inspect a guard of honour in Horseguards Parade as part of the royal welcome extended to him.

Queen Elizabeth II, Chinese President Hu Jintao, Madame Liu Yongqing and The Duke of Edinburgh

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh presented their guests with gifts, including framed photographs of the royals and a jewellery box.


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