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Chinese president in state visit

China's president Xi Jinping will make a state visit to the UK later this year - the first by a Chinese leader in 10 years.

The Duke of Cambridge personally handed Mr Xi the Queen's invite to visit Britain - known as a a manu regia - when he travelled to Beijing earlier in the year.

The monarch confirmed in the Queen's Speech the Chinese leader would be visiting the UK and also her attendance, along with the Duke of Edinburgh, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being staged in her former home of Malta.

The royal couple will also be making a state visit to Malta during their trip to the island state.

The Queen said: "Prince Philip and I look forward to our state visit to Germany next month and to our state visit to Malta in November, alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

"We also look forward to welcoming His Excellency the President of the People's Republic of China and Madame Peng on a state visit in October."

The president is married to Peng Liyuan a famous contemporary folk singer in her home country whose profile was higher than that of her husband's for many years.

The Chinese leader and his wife will stay at Buckingham Palace and the announcement comes after the 2005 state visit by then president Hu Jintao.


From Belfast Telegraph