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The Queen has met the Emir of Qatar at Windsor Castle just one day after attending the Chelsea Flower Show in her latest public engagement since mobility issues forced her to miss the State Opening of Parliament.
Her Majesty was all smiles as she shook hands with the monarch of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, at the royal residence in Berkshire this afternoon.
Making her third appearance in a week, the 96-year-old donned a lavender and green floral dress, accessorised with pearl earrings and a matching necklace, with simple black loafers.
Only yesterday, the Queen made her first British appearance in a golf cart in order to attend The Chelsea Flower Show after ongoing mobility problems that forced her to miss the State Opening of Parliament.
The Queen has met the Emir of Qatar at Windsor Castle just one day after attending the Chelsea Flower Show in her latest public engagement since mobility issues forced her to miss the State Opening of Parliament
Her Majesty was pictured smiling as she shook hands with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani at the royal residence in Berkshire
Making her third appearance in a week, the 96-year-old wore a lavender and green floral dress, accessorised with pearl earrings and a matching necklace, with black loafers
Dressed in luminous pink, she inspected displays dedicated to mental health, lifeboats, community cohesion – and displays celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.
The monarch’s appearance comes after she was shown how to top up an Oyster card on Tuesday during a surprise visit to Paddington Station to officially open the Elizabeth line with Prince Edward.
The 96-year-old, who now rarely carries out public engagements outside of her royal residences, was using a walking cane to assist her when she opened the Elizabeth Line last week.
The Queen attended the Chelsea Flower Show ahead of its official opening tomorrow in a luxury mobility buggy (pictured)
The Queen looked cheery as she enjoyed a tour around the 2022 Chelsea Flower Show. Pictured next to the President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Keith Weed
The Queen was in good spirits on her first visit in three years to the world famous flower show in London
Her Majesty picked up a limited edition Elizabeth line Oyster card. It had already been topped up with five pounds for the Queen, who famously rarely carries cash.
A Crossrail worker showed how the ticket machine worked before the monarch asked where passengers could travel to.
Dressed in sunshine yellow, the Queen arrived at Paddington at 11.32am, stepping carefully from the transparent lift while holding a walking stick and smiling warmly.
Unveiling a plaque stating that she had ‘officially opened’ the Elizabeth line, the monarch spent 10 minutes in the station before leaving in a lift, escorted by her son Edward. The earl then returned to the concourse ahead of a return journey on the railway from Paddington to Tottenham Court Road.
Her attendance was not publicly announced in advance, with the head of state facing ongoing mobility problems, but organisers were told there was a possibility she might be able to attend.
The Queen does not usually carry cash, although she makes an exception on Sundays so she can donate during church services
Queen Elizabeth II at Paddington station in London on Tuesday to mark the completion of London’s Crossrail project
The Emir of Qatar’s visit comes as Boris Johnson said England has a ‘tough group’ after he was invited to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani used a bilateral discussion with the Prime Minister to invite the British leader to travel to watch the winter global football competition in the Middle East.
England has been drawn in the same group as Iran, the US and the winner of the play-offs between Wales and either Scotland or Ukraine.
The World Cup, which was shifted to November and December due to Qatar experiencing hot weather during the summer months when the Fifa competition is traditionally held, has been dogged by human rights controversies in relation to migrant worker abuses during the construction of stadiums in the country.
The Emir of Qatar’s visit comes as Boris Johnson said England has a ‘tough group’ after he was invited to attend the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
Speaking in Downing Street, the Qatari leader said it is a ‘special year’ for his country as host nation.
He said: ‘I invite the Prime Minister to come and see the World Cup.
‘England have a very strong young team.’
The Prime Minister replied: ‘Yes. Well, we have got a tough group.’
The Qatari leader said: ‘A very interesting group. And also, on top, we might have Scotland and Wales as well.’
The invitation came on the day England manager Gareth Southgate named his penultimate squad before the World Cup as his side gears up to play four Nations League matches.
Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani used a bilateral discussion with the Prime Minister to invite the British leader to travel to watch the winter global football competition in the Middle East
In his opening speech welcoming the Emir to London, Mr Johnson said the two leaders will be working together on security, climate change and ‘tackling the economic problems of the world’ as he praised Qatar’s efforts during the Western evacuation from Afghanistan.
Felix Jakens, Amnesty International UK’s head of priority campaigns, said: ‘Apart from watching the football we’d like to see the Prime Minister using his time at the World Cup to raise the need for Qatar to ensure there’s a lasting human rights legacy from this tournament.
‘Thousands of migrant workers have been exploited and many have tragically died to make the World Cup possible, so everyone with influence – from Fifa, to the sponsors, the players and of course political leaders – ought to be pushing for lasting labour reforms in Qatar.
‘The World Cup is set to generate 6 billion dollars (£4.8 billion) in revenue for Fifa, and we’ve called on Fifa to set aside at least 440 million dollars (£350 million) for a workers’ compensation fund for the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who’ve suffered human rights abuses in Qatar in these past years.’