On the final stop of his farewell tour of Europe, US President George W. Bush has arrived in the UK to take tea with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.
The magisterial setting of Windsor Castle was the venue amid tight security. Although there have been several low-key anti-Bush demonstrations, his whistlestop tour has produced few of the big rallies which accompanied his past visits.
After Windsor, it was off to Downing Street for dinner with Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
But not before some “Stop The War” and anti-Bush protesters demonstrated outside the castle.
Only about 4,200 British troops remain in Iraq, most of them based in the south. But Britain has indicated that it could pull them all out by the end of this year.
Ahead of Bush’s visit, the US leader urged Brown to base any withdrawal on conditions on the ground and not according to an arbitrary timetable.