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Saudi king's tour of Europe

Saudi king's tour of Europe
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi (R) shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah after their meeting at the Villa Madama, in Rome on Tuesday. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi (L)welcomes Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah at Villa Madama, before their meeting in Rome. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
Pope Benedict XVI (C) exchanges gifts with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (L) at the Vatican on Tuesday (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (L) prepares to leave Buckingham Palace, in central London on November 1, ending the first visit to the UK by a Saudi king for twenty years. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Queen Elizabeth II arrive for the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London after the first day of the Saudi King's visit. The king received a lavish welcome from the queen today at the start of a state visit to Britain, though human rights protestors decried his presence. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
The Saudi leader with Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh are seen before the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace in London after the first day of the king's visit. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II shows King Abdullah Saudi Arabian items from the Royal Collection in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, in London, on October 30. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
Queen Elizabeth II and King Abdullah are greeted by officials at a ceremonial welcome in Horse Guards in London, on October 30. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
King Abdullah, accompanied by Britain's Prince Philip, reviews a Guard of Honour in Horse Guards, before a state carriage procession along the Mall, in London, on October 30. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
Prince Charles looks at demonstrators as they protest at the visit of King Abdullah on the Mall in central London, on October 30. Saudi Arabia's leader received a lavish welcome from Queen Elizabeth II Tuesday as he started a state visit amid angry protests and headlines after accusing Britain of anti-terrorism failures. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
King Abdullah and Queen Elizabeth II review a Guard of Honour in Horse Guards Parade in London, on October 30 during a State visit.
Saudi king's tour of Europe
King Abdullah rides in a state carriage with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (not seen) down the Mall in central London, on October 30. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
King Abdullah is seen in the closed carriage taking him and Queen Elizabeth II to Buckingham Palace on October 30 in London, England. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
King Abdullah inspects a guard of honour on Horseguards Parade on October 30 in London, England. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
Prince Charles, Prince of Wales speaks with a member of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia's entourage on October 30 in London, England. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
The Saudi leader said Monday the British authorities failed to act on information from his nation which may have stopped the 2005 London bombings, shortly before his controversial state visit. In a BBC interview broadcast hours before his arrival in Britain, the king accused Britain and other nations of failing to take terrorism seriously enough. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
The flags of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom line the Mall in anticipation of the arrival of King Abdullah and Queen Elizabeth II on October 30 in London as Britain prepares to greet the Saudi monarch. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
King Abdullah will receive a ceremonial welcome from Queen Elizabeth II later today; this will include a state banquet held at Buckingham Palace. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
The king is greeted by Britain's heir to the throne Prince Charles at Heathrow Airport upon his arrival, and will stay at Buckingham Palace, Queen Elizabeth II's home in the capital. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
The king’s visit, the first for a Saudi monarch to Britain in 20 years, has stirred up criticism from politicians and protestors who allege human rights abuses and corruption in Saudi Arabia. (Getty Images)
Saudi king's tour of Europe
King Abdullah Al Saud of Saudi Arabia arrives at Heathrow Airport, in west London, on Monday. (Getty Images)