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In pictures: French state visit

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah outside Downing Street with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

On the second day of their whistle-stop visit to the UK, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his new wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had a date at 10 Downing Street.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni leave Windsor Castle

The Sarkozys bid farewell to their Royal hosts at Windsor Castle, where they spent the night after a state banquet.

The Queen and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at state banquet

The Queen said the countries had a "respectful but competitive relationship".

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Ms Bruni-Sarkozy gave her husband a round of applause after he addressed both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy

Mr Sarkozy also laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown soldier at Westminster Abbey.

The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni-Sarkozy at Windsor Castle

The Sarkozys were given a personal tour of the French works in the Royal collection at Windsor Castle.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy at Windsor Castle

Mr Sarkozy was also invited to review the Guard of Honour at Windsor Castle.

The Queen greets Carla Bruni-Sarkozy

Ms Bruni-Sarkozy curtsied when she met the Queen - a skill she had reportedly been practising.

Nicolas Sarkozy

Criticised by some in France for his showy style, Mr Sarkozy was treated to some British opulence with a short journey in a gilt carriage through Windsor, accompanied by the Queen.

Parade at Windsor

Once the French president and entourage had arrived in Windsor, a ceremonial parade was held through the town. It is the first full state visit by a French president for 12 years.

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall with President Sarkozy and his wife, Carla Bruni

Arriving at Heathrow on Wednesday, the couple were met on the red carpet by Prince Charles, who kissed the hand of Ms Bruni-Sarkozy.



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