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The Royal Week in Pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words and this new feature on Royal Central aims to give you a bit of easy weekend reading as we look back on the royal week in photos. There were plenty of special images from the State Visit this week of Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Madame Peng Liyuan, but the traditional carriage procession on day one was truly spectacular.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the start of the China State Visit this week (photo credit Sgt Rupert Frere, MOD Crown Copyright 2015)

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the start of the China State Visit this week (photo credit Sgt Rupert Frere, MOD Crown Copyright 2015)

The decision of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall not to attend the State Banquet held for the Chinese President and his wife at the start of the visit had been hotly debated in the days before the event. But Charles and Camilla took part in the official welcome, accompanying President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan to Horse Guards Parade.

The royal couple would go on to welcome the visitors to Clarence House and take tea with them.

And on day two, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge accompanied President Xi and Madame Peng to an event celebrating creative industry at Lancaster Gate in London where the four were snapped admiring a display of Daleks and dresses.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with President Xi Jinping of China at Lancaster Gate, London (photo credit UKTI via Flickr)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with President Xi Jinping of China at Lancaster Gate, London (photo credit UKTI via Flickr)

Prince William and Prince Harry with DIY SOS presenter, Nick Knowles (photo credit BBC via BBC Pictures)

Prince William and Prince Harry with DIY SOS presenter, Nick Knowles (photo credit BBC via BBC Pictures)

Later that night, the final part of a special BBC One edition of DIY SOS which had seen the team build new homes for veterans with the help of the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry was broadcast. The images of William and Harry had been captured earlier this year as they spent the day with the programme’s team and the princes’ joy at what was accomplished was clear to see in the images that accompanied the show.

Prince Harry at a special service at St Paul's Cathedral this week (photo credit Sgt Rupert Frere, MOD Crown Copyright 2015)

Prince Harry at a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral this week (photo credit Sgt Rupert Frere, MOD Crown Copyright 2015)

Prince Harry took part in a special service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London in the week marking the 75th anniversary of the Army’s bomb disposal work. Following the ceremony, Harry chatted to some of those injured during their work for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and met the families of some of those who lost their lives.

Amidst all the pomp and ceremony of the week, there was a chance to see The Queen enjoying one of her favourite things as she and the Duchess of Cornwall talked horses at Buckingham Palace. They met Brooke Global Ambassador, Monty Roberts, at a horse whispering event in the Royal Mews and heard about the work of the charity in improving conditions for animals around the world. And we got another photo that spoke a thousand words and ends the Royal Week in Pictures.

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