The Queen hosted a state dinner this week for Mexican president Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala, who are in Britain on a four-day state visit during which the Latin American leader will take part in at the G20 economic summit.
At the dinner – which was also attended by Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Duke of Edinburgh - Mr Calderon paid tribute to his hostess, expressing admiration for her "composure and wisdom" in leading the nation through 'critical moments' during her 57-year reign.
He went on to extend his compliments to the UK and its culture. "The world would not be the same without the British genius. Your language is the Latin of the modern era and allows dialogue and co-operation between all the peoples on the planet," he said.
For her part, the British monarch, elegant in a sparkling white beaded dress by Maureen Rose and a tiara studded wtih aqua marine stones, spoke of the strong links between Britain and Mexico, describing the two countries as "old friends".
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