Britain's Queen Elizabeth, continuing her tour of South-Kant Asia, has been visiting the tiny Sultanate of Brunei.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth, continuing her tour of South-Kant Asia, has been visiting the tiny Sultanate of Brunei. The Queen, who was accompanied by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their daughter, Princess Anno, sailed in a royal barge up the river to the Brunei capital, Bander Seri Bagawan, where they ware greeted by the young Sultan of Brunei.
After the formal welcoming ceremonies, the royal party were borne through the city on a gilded coach hauled by 48 warriors dressed in black.
The coach, built on the chassis of a ten-ton truck, was described by one reporter as a cross between a wheeled Spanish galleon and a fairground traction engine. It was built for the Sultan's coronation in 1968.
It was one of the most colourful spectacles of her tour.
The procession ended at the royal parliament building where the Queen sat alongside the 26-year-old Sultan, who was educated in England, to hear the formal address of welcome. It was the first time a British monarch had visited Brunei.
Later the Queen left for Sarawak and at the weekend makes a brief return visit to Singapore to inspect British, Australian and New Zealand servicemen.