An honour guard is partially covered by a flag that rolled after a gust of wind at the welcoming ceremony for Netherlands’ King Willem-Alexander outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China today.
US president Barack Obama with Japan’s emperor Akihito and empress Michiko pass an honour guard during an arrival ceremony at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo
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Members of an honour guard rehearse before a welcome ceremony held by Chinese president Xi Jinping for visiting Israeli president Shimon Peres at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
The guard of honour is inspected before a review by Shinzo Abe, Japanese Prime Minister, at the defence ministry in Tokyo, Japan
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Honour guards prepare for a welcome ceremony for Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on Friday
A member of the honour guard adjusts another’s collar as they prepare for the arrival of President Barack Obama at the presidential palace in Dakar, Senegal, on Thursday. Mr Obama arrived in Senegal on Wednesday night to begin a week-long trip to Africa, a three-country visit aimed at overcoming disappointment on the continent over the first black US president’s lack of engagement with continent during his first term.
An officer uses a string to ensure that members of the honour guard are standing in a straight line, ahead of a welcoming ceremony for visiting Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.