Queen Elizabeth and Omans Horses during Queen Elizabeth Oman visit

with Sultan Qaboos

It was so nice to get an invitation to the horse event that Sultan Qaboos had organized Queen Elizabeth Oman visit.

Horse Race for Queen Elizabeth in Oman
Horse Race for Queen Elizabeth in Oman

 

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Queen Elizabeth State visit to Oman

for her state visit

Driving from Bait al Baraka on the official first day of Queen Elizabeth State visit to Oman the Queen passed along the Corniche in Sultan Qaboos’s Range Rover. A squadron of Land Rovers behind her, with the Royal Standard fluttering in the wind in front.

Queen Elizabeth waves from front Range Rover on way to the Palace in Muscat
Queen Elizabeth waves from front Range Rover on way to the Palace in Muscat

The car on way to the Palace in Muscat for Queen Elizabeth State visit to Oman as she waves, since I’m the only person on the road – it must be my own Royal wave. The Queen was then given a welcome at Al Alam Palace in Muscat by Sultan Qaboos during her state visit to Oman

The Queen, Sultan Qaboos & Prince Phillip
The Queen, Sultan Qaboos & Prince Phillip

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Queen Elizabeth arrives in Oman

for a really special welcome

Queen Elizabeth arrives in Oman at 8pm last night The Queen & Prince Philip were welcomed by Sultan Qaboos.

Queen Elizabeth in Oman as she and Prince Philip are welcomed by Sultan Qaboos
Queen Elizabeth arrives in Oman with Prince Philip are welcomed by Sultan Qaboos

Sayyid Haitham the Minister of Heritage and Culture who is behind the Queens left shoulder will be her escort.

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Queen Elizabeth will visit Oman

during celebrations for 40th anniversary Sultan Qaboos as monarch

Queen Elizabeth will visit Oman later this year, which will be her second visit.

Queen Elizabeth and Sultan Qaboos
Queen Elizabeth and Sultan Qaboos

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Cruising Museums in London

I enjoyed a visit to Tate Britain during ‘The Lure of the East’ painting exhibition. The canvases, by British artists, included one of Sir Robert Shirley, an envoy between the Persian and British courts, looking quite splendid in Persian style garments; their colour and decoration being Safavid are in the same style as the carpet in the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Remarkably I came across a watercolour by the Victorian artist’ Arthur Melville cited as being inspired by a cock fight in Muscat.
Another piece by him showing an interior with ‘Mashrabiya” was set in a section of the gallery screened with a Mashrabiya – a nice setting .
On the same day I had a meeting with Jessica Harrison-Hall the Curator of Chinese Ceramics at the British Museum. No sooner did I arrive but the door was opened with the instruction – “we need to evacuate the building”. Fortunately, it was only for about 40 minutes and she then very kindly dated some shards I had come across in various locations in Oman. The Hadrian exhibition will have to wait for another day.

Harley-Davidson Owners Group in Muscat

This week has not only been one celebrating the National Day of Oman but it has had a preponderance of glamorous mechanical equipment on the streets and skies. First off were Britain’s Red Arrows. They come to Oman on a regular basis and perform over the main beach in Muscat.

Harley-Davidson in Muscat
Harley-Davidson in Muscat

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Islamic Art in London

Though the cyclone & heavy rain in Oman during 2007 was a shock, it was extraordinary to then holiday in Britain during some of its worst flooding for many years. Fortunately, apart from a short visit to St Antony’s College in Oxford, I was well away from the flooding. This summer two similar collections of Islamic Art were exhibited in London Continue reading “Islamic Art in London”