The President of The People's Republic of China, Xi Jinping, accompanied by Madame Peng Liyuan, will pay a state visit to the UK as the guests of the Queen from 20 to 23 October. Xi and Peng will stay at Buckingham Palace.
The last state visit from China was by President Hu Jintao in 2005. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh paid a state visit to China in 1986. The Duke of Cambridge paid an official visit to China in March, on behalf of Her Majesty's Government.
MONDAY 19 OCTOBER
Xi and Peng will arrive privately in the United Kingdom on the evening of 19 October, at Heathrow Airport. They will be greeted on behalf of the Queen by the Viscount Hood, Lord-in-Waiting.
TUESDAY 20 OCTOBER
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will greet Xi and Peng on behalf of the Queen, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Their Royal Highnesses will travel with the Xi and Peng to Horse Guards Parade, where the president will receive a ceremonial welcome.
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will formally welcome Xi and Peng at the Royal Pavilion on Horse Guards Parade. Presentations will be made, the Guard of Honour will give a royal salute and the Chinese national anthem will be played.
The president, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will inspect the Guard of Honour. Afterwards, Xi and Peng will join the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh for a state carriage procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace.
Following a private lunch at Buckingham Palace, given by the Queen, Her Majesty will invite Xi and Peng to view an exhibition in the picture gallery of items from the royal collection relating to China.
In the afternoon, Xi and Peng will visit the Palace of Westminster, where they will be welcomed by the speaker of the House of Commons and the lord speaker. The president will deliver an address in the royal gallery to members of Houses of Parliament and other guests.
Afterwards, Xi and Peng will meet with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House. They will be invited to view a display by the Prince's School for Traditional Arts and meet students, and thereafter they will join their royal highnesses for tea.
Later, the Duke of Cambridge will call on the Xi at Buckingham Palace. Following this, Xi will receive an official call at Buckingham Palace by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. In the evening, the Queen will give a state banquet at Buckingham Palace. She and the president will make speeches.
WEDNESDAY 21 OCTOBER
In the morning, Xi will visit Imperial College London. He will be joined by the Duke of York and the Chancellor George Osborne.
Later in the morning, Xi and Peng will join Prince William and Kate Middleton at a creative industry event at Lancaster House. It will celebrate cultural collaboration, existing and future, between the UK and China.
Afterwards, Xi will meet Prime Minister David Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street for a bilateral meeting. In the afternoon, Xi and Cameron will visit the UK-China Business Summit at Mansion House. The summit will focus on investment, infrastructure and innovation, and will build on the two countries' cooperation in bilateral trade and two way investment.
Later, Xi will visit Huawei Technologies. He will receive presentations looking at Huawei's 14 years in the UK, its innovation work with UK partners and the latest technology trends.
In the evening, Xi and Peng, joined by the Duke of York, will attend a banquet at Guildhall given by the Lord Mayor and City of London Corporation. The Lord Mayor and the president will make speeches.
THURSDAY 22 OCTOBER
Xi and Peng will formally bid farewell to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace in the morning.
Thereafter, the president, joined by the Duke of York, will visit Inmarsat, a leading provider of global satellite communication services.
Afterwards, Xi and the Duke of York will join a Confucius Institute conference hosted by UCL Institute of Education at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. In the evening, Xi and Peng will join Cameron and his wife Samantha at Chequers Court for talks and dinner together. Later, Xi and Peng will fly to Manchester ahead of the final day of the state visit.
FRIDAY 23 OCTOBER
In the morning, Xi and Osborne will visit the National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester, an institution that leads the world in graphene research.
Later in the morning, Xi and Cameron will visit the City Football Group. Afterwards, the president and Peng will be joined by the prime minister for lunch at Manchester Town Hall hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of Manchester. Invited guests will include civic and business representatives.
In the afternoon, Xi, Peng and Cameron will attend an event at Manchester Airport. At the conclusion of the state visit, the Lord Chamberlain will bid farewell to Xi and Peng on behalf of the Queen before they depart from Manchester Airport.
- Source Buckingham Palace