British queen, Prince Philip in rare visit to PM

21st June 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip paid a rare visit Tuesday to Prime Minister David Cameron's official residence for a lunch to celebrate the prince's 90th birthday.

The red carpet was rolled out at Number 10 Downing Street in London, with the Conservative leader and his wife Samantha greeting the royal couple as they arrived for their first visit to the prime ministerial home since 2002.

Samantha Cameron, dressed in a white dress with green belt, curtseyed as she shook hands with the queen and Philip. The queen was wearing a green jacket and white gloves.

There was a brief moment of confusion over the order they should stand in for the photocall, but the Camerons guided Philip to the end of the line.

Cameron led the group into Number 10, where lunch began with starters of Stilton cheese and watercress tart followed by Inverurie beef from Aberdeenshire in northeast Scotland.

For dessert they had peaches and nectarines with ice cream.

Philip, the longest-serving consort in British history, turned 90 on June 10 and spent his birthday with a typical lack of fuss, hosting a charity reception and chairing a conference for military colonels.

On the prince's birthday, Cameron paid tribute to him as "a man who has given his time and effort and passion to so many great causes up and down the country, across the Commonwealth and indeed the world."

© 2011 AFP

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