Queen Elizabeth II arrived in the former British colony of Singapore for a two-day state visit.
During her trip, the queen will meet President S.R. Nathan at the Istana palace -- Government House in colonial days -- and have lunch with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
She will stop at a war memorial, check out the national library and tour a public housing estate before winding up her visit on Saturday by awarding the winner's cup at the QEII horse race at the Singapore Turf Club.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth arrives in Singapore for three-day state visit
............Their engagements include meetings with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, President S.R. Nathan, a state banquet and visits to a library, a public housing estate and a memorial commemorating World War I and II................... http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2006..._353_16_06.txt
Queen Elizabeth inspects guard of honor at Singapore presidential palace
.................The queen was greeted by President S.R. Nathan, whose job is largely ceremonial. Military bands played both countries' national anthems as officers raised the blue flag of the Commonwealth, a loose confederation of countries once in the British empire. The queen wore a green jacket and dress, and a jade-green hat. A delegation of British and Singaporean officials attended the welcoming ceremony at the colonial-era building.................. http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp...08&sec=apworld
Queen Elizabeth II attends a welcome ceremony beside President of Singapore S.R. Nathan at the Istana in Singapore March 17, 2006.
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Queen Elizabeth II of Britain and the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip pose for pictures with Singapore President S.R. Nathan and First Lady Urmila Nandey at the Istana palace in Singapore March 17, 2006.
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Queen Elizabeth walks pass school children after visiting the National Library in Singapore March 17, 2006. The queen is wearing a dress by Carl Ludwig and a hat by Philip Somerville.
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Britain's Queen Elizabeth welcomed in Singapore library
.............At a library exhibition of photos by young people, she stopped to chat with student Alvina Tan, 18, who had taken one of the pictures on display. "I was surprised to find that the queen is actually a very friendly person," Tan said. "I felt very relaxed around her when she asked me about my picture. She feels just like a grandmother to me."....................... http://english.pravda.ru/news/world/...re%20library-0
#6: Queen Elizabeth chats with winners of the Singapore Youth Commonwealth Photography Competition at the National Library in Singapore March 17, 2006.
#7: Queen Elizabeth is greeted by N Varaprasad, Chief Executive of the National Library, at the National Library in Singapore March 17, 2006.
Photos from Profimedia Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, looks at a model of the Biopolis beside Tan Chorh Chuan during a tour at the Biopolis in Singapore, 17 March 2006.
Queen Elizabeth II speaks with Singapore's prime minister Lee Hsien Loong during a courtesy call at the Fullerton hotel in Singapore, 17 March 2006.
Queen Elizabeth II serves a sepak takraw player with a rattan ball during her tour around a housing estate in Singapore 17 March 2006.
Below from Reuters (visit to Toa Payoh Housing Development Board (HDB) housing estate) #1: Queen Elizabeth alights from a car on her arrival at Toa Payoh Housing Development Board (HDB) housing estate in Singapore March 17, 2006. #2: Queen Elizabeth throws a ball to a boy while she watches a sepak takraw game during her visit to Toa Payoh Housing Development Board Estate (HDB) in Singapore March 17, 2006. Sepak takraw is a cross between soccer and volleyball played on a badminton doubles sized court.
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#1: SINGAPORE - MARCH 17:Chew Choon Seng, Chief Excecutive of Singapore International Airlines, Prince Philip (C), Duke of Edinburgh, Jonathan Asherson, Regional Director of Rolls Royce look at a Rolls Royce Trent Engine (back) and an A380 model (front) during a tour of the Biopolis on March 17, 2006 in Singapore.
#6: Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, watches a robotic soccer game designed by Singapore's Polytechnic students and staff on March 17, 2006, in Singapore
The Queen Re-lives fond memories in Singapore
.................There Queen Elizabeth was greeted by Thomas Pung, who three decades ago had shown her around the one-bedroomed flat he shared with his mother in the housing estate. The excited 66-year-old pensioner called the meeting "the type of opportunity you cannot get", adding: "Even with money, you cannot buy this experience."................. http://www.hellomagazine.com/royalty...ueensingapore/
Photo from HELLO The Queen drinks from the same glass she used in 1972 at the Toa Payoh housing complex