Emir of Kuwait greeted by queen on UK state visit

The Emir of Kuwait Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, center, is assisted by royal footman as he arrives in Windsor, west of London, Tuesday Nov. 26, 2012, during his state visit to the United Kingdom. (AP Photo/Carl Court, Pool)

LONDON - The emir of Kuwait is in Britain as an official guest of Queen Elizabeth II.

Sheik Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah was greeted Tuesday with a military ceremony at Windsor Castle to mark the official start of a three-day state visit.

The queen, her husband Prince Philip and eldest son Prince Charles greeted the Arab leader. The queen arrived in a carriage procession with an escort provided by the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment dressed in breastplates and plumed helmets.

The oil-rich Gulf state is a British ally, and the emir's visit will include a meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron, as well as political and economic talks between British and Kuwaiti ministers.

The queen usually hosts several state visits each year.