Royalty continue visit to France

His Royal Highness Prince Hj Al-Muhtadee Billah, the Crown Prince and Senior Minister at the Prime Minister's Office, and Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pg Anak Isteri Pg Anak Sarah, continued with the itinerary on the second day of their official visit to the Republic of France, RTB reported yesterday.

The highlight of the first day of the visit was His Royal Highness' meeting with French President Jacques Chirac. The meeting took place at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

During the meeting, His Royal Highness and the French president exchanged views on bilateral relations as well as on regional and international matters of mutual concern.

His Royal Highness and the French president also discussed various fields of cooperation between the Sultanate and France, especially on investments, defence, education and tourism. They both expressed their satisfaction with the progress of the bilateral cooperation.

Also present during the meeting was HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik and Prince Abdul Qawi.

Earlier Monday, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Versailles Palace, which is located about 20km from Paris.

The Versailles Palace is a royal chateau, of which the village of Versailles has grown to become a full-fledged city.

From 1682, when King Louis the Fourteenth moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789, the court of Versailles was the centre of power under the Ancient Regime.

At the palace, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Royal Opera, the King's Chamber, the Hall of Mirrors and the gardens.

Accompanying Their Royal Highnesses were HRH Prince 'Abdul Malik and Prince Abdul Qawi. - Borneo Bulletin (7th June 2006)