Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, met victims of the El Asnam earthquake on Sunday (26 October) on the second day of their state visit to Algeria.
SV Duke of Edinburgh visiting refugee camp in Algeria.
GV Duke talking to refugees.(2 SHOTS)
GV Refugees and camp.
CU Duke looking at damage. (4 SHOTS)
GV Queen with King Hassan of Morocco in motorcade.
GV Queen inspecting troops.
GV Queen and Prince Philip offered tea by King Hassan.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh, met victims of the El Asnam earthquake on Sunday (26 October) on the second day of their state visit to Algeria. On Monday (27 October) the royal couple flew to Morocco on the next stage of their 10-day tour of the Maghreb countries.
SYNOPSIS: While the Queen visited an Algiers hospital to talk to some of the people injured in the earthquake, Prince Philip toured a refugee camp outside the devastated town of El Asnam. Six hundred people are housed in the camp and they live a precarious existence under the threat of further earth tremors. Only six hour before the Duke arrived the camp was shaken by another aftershock. Foreign aid for El Asnam's estimated 400,000 homeless is still pouring in to the area. The aircraft which the British sovereign will use on the latter part of her North African visit carried 14 tons of food on its outward journey to Algeria. After meeting some of the camp's inhabitants, Prince Philip piloted an Andover aircraft back to Algiers, and rejoined the Queen for lunch.
On Monday (27 October) Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip were welcomed in Rabat by Morocco's King Hassan and a crowd estimated at half a million. It was the first visit to Morocco by a British monarch and the programme of the three day State visit includes a visit to the Chamber of Representatives, and to a school for under-privileged children. In Rabat, the Royal party were served milk and dates, the traditional Moroccan welcome for important guests. The Queen's visit to Morocco has been criticised by a number of British parliamentarians opposed to Morocco's territorial claims on the western Sahara. The protestors have called for British recognition of the Polisario Front as legitimate representatives of the peoples of the Western Sahara.