December 6, 2022

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The Royal Family hosts the first state banquet in the reign of King Charles of South Africa.  See pictures here.

The Royal Family hosts the first state banquet in the reign of King Charles of South Africa. See pictures here.

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The first-ever state banquet hosted by King Charles was held this evening at Buckingham Palace. The Royal Family welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. His wife, First Lady Tchibo Motsepe, was unable to make the trip to the UK for medical reasons. The The last state banquet was held in 2019when Queen Elizabeth hosted then-President Donald Trump.

In addition to King Charles and Queen Camilla, the state banquet was attended this evening by the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, duke kentLady Susan Hussey, and former Lady Queen Elizabeth, Lady Annabelle Whitehead.

Here, see the best photos of King Charles’ first state banquet — including crowns, of course:

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The Prince and Princess of Wales arrived at the state banquet in style.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa poses for a photo with King Charles III and Queen Camilla. This week’s state visit marks the first to South Africa since 2010.

Next to Kate is her husband, Prince William, and right behind Kate is the Duke of Kent, the Queen’s first cousin.

Sophie, Countess of Wessexshe looked elegant in a green gown and Wessex Aquamarine choker tiara, which she first wore in 2005.

She was joined by her husband, Prince Edward. Edward was the only one of King Charles’ siblings to attend the state banquet.

Prince William appeared to be looking directly into the cameras on their way to Buckingham Palace.

President Ramaphosa chatted with King Charles, South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor and Camilla, the Queen Consort, entered together.

Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor and Queen Camilla walked side by side at the banquet.

Behind Queen Camilla, Prince William entered with another guest.

The Princess of Wales followed her, chatting with another guest.

The Countess of Wessex also entered with a guest.

Buckingham Palace also released pictures of the banquet, where the Princess of Wales sat next to President Ramaphosa.

Guests were seated in horseshoes at the banquet. Here, they stand during a toast.

The President of South Africa and the British monarch knocked on the glass after a toast at the banquet.

President Ramaphosa laughed during the king’s remarks.

Kate shared a toast with President Ramaphosa during the banquet.

Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife, Victoria Starmer, attended a state banquet.

Secretary of State James Cleverly and his wife, Susanna Cleverly, also attended the banquet.

Another top view of the guests at the banquet.

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