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Queen views army of clay.

The Queen went to the dusty heart of central China today and reviewed the terracotta warriors - the pottery army guard at tomb of the first Qin emperor.

The Queen and Prince Philip, on the fifth day of their state visit to the People's Republic saw the figures ranged in battle formation in an excavated burial mound near Xlan,

The Queen declared her visit "absolutely fascinating," and Prince Philip and Foreign Secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe, who is accompanying the Queen as Minister in Waiting, both agreed.

The Queen was greeted by a local dance group dressed as the warriors.

The Royal Party had driven there from Xian Airport where hundreds of children in costume welcomed them.

Later the Queen and Prince Philip met 18 Chinese language students from Edinburgh University, of which the Prince la Chancellor.
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Date:Aug 2, 2008
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