Queen Visits Mosque On First Day Of UAE Trip

The Queen has begun a trip to the Gulf with a visit to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.Accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, the pair were given a tour of the mosque, the biggest in the United Arab Emirates and one of the biggest in the world.

Wearing a hat and headscarf and a long patterned robe, the Queen met local children.

The Royals will spend two days in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before setting off to neighbouring Oman.It comes one day after the date of Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding was announced.

The Duke of York, who is accompanying his parents on the trip, said he was glad that the nation already seemed to have taken Ms Middleton to its heart.

Prince Andrew said: ""I think this is the most wonderful piece of news that the UK has had for a long time.""I've been away for a couple of days now so I'm not fully up to speed with what's going on but I'm aware that the UK has taken Kate to their heart, I think that's absolutely wonderful news.

""I think a spring wedding will be absolutely fantastic. I understand it's going to take place over a bank holiday weekend so it's another excuse for a good party and I think it's wonderful news - it's absolutely great."" There are currently no comments for this story. Be the first to comment below, and let us know what you are thinking."