Pictured from left, the Queen, president Xi, his wife, Peng Liyuan, and the Duke of Edinburgh at the event at Horse Guards Parade

Duchess arrives at Buckingham Palace for state banquet with Xi Jinping

The Queen officially welcomed Chinese president Xi Jinping to London to mark the start of his state visit to the UK, October

President Xi (far right), his wife Madame Peng Liyuan (second left), Prince Andrew (second right), the Duke of York and Gilly Yarrow, meet for photographs ahead of the banquet

The Queen and Prince Philip bid farewell to Chinese President and wife

The royal couple waved goodbye to the dignitaries outside Buckingham Palace, where President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan have been staying as their guests since Monday.

From left to right, Lady Mayoress Gilly Yarrow, First Lady Peng Liyuan, President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping, Lord Mayor Alan Yarrow and Prince Andrew, Duke of York pose for photographers on the red carpet during the Lord Mayors banquet at the Guildhall

The Queen and Prince Philip bid farewell to Chinese President and wife

The royal couple waved goodbye to the dignitaries outside Buckingham Palace, where President Xi Jinping and First Lady Peng Liyuan have been staying as their guests since Monday.

The president and his wife were greeted by thousands of cheering spectators as they made their way along the Mall towards the palace

Duchess arrives at Buckingham Palace for state banquet with Xi Jinping

The Queen was joined by Prince Philip as she welcomed Chinese president Xi Jinping to London. But it was Mr Xi's wife, Peng Liyuan, who stole the show at Horse Guards Parade.

HM Queen Elizabeth II greets Chinese President Xi Jinping at Horseguards

Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the UK, in pictures

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Prince Charles Prince of Wales, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, Duke of Edinburgh, the President of the United Mexican States, Senor Enrique Pena Nieto and Queen Elizabeth II arrive at Buckingham Palace on March 3, 2015 in London, England. The President of Mexico, accompanied by Senora Angelica Rivera de Pena, are on a State Visit to the United Kingdom as the guests of Her Majesty The Queen from Tuesday 3rd March to Thursday 5th March.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan stand with Britain's Duke of York before a banquet at the Guildhall,  in London, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan (left) stand with Britain's Duke of York before the second banquet of their state visit

Edward, the Duke of Kent, arrives at Buckingham Palace for state banquet with Xi Jinping 20 October 2015

Duchess arrives at Buckingham Palace for state banquet with Xi Jinping

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, right, posed with Chinese president Xi Jinping and his wife, left, and Jackie Chan, centre

China's First Lady arrives at Royal College of Music

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge posed with Chinese President Xi Jinxing and hid wife, left, and Jackie Chan, centre.

(L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Angelica Rivera and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend a ceremonial welcome for The President Of United Mexican States at Horse Guards Parade on 03.03.2015 in London, England.

(L-R) Queen Elizabeth II, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Angelica Rivera and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend a ceremonial welcome for The President Of United Mexican States at Horse Guards Parade on in London, England.

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