Kate caught ‘chatting during King Charles’ speech’ at state banquet: ‘Too good to stop’


The Princess of Wales was seated next to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the state banquet.

“Charles and Kate were on either side of the South African president and William and Camilla were by the African foreign minister.

“I thought it was interesting how they divided and conquered.”

Ms Bowie added: “I liked how Kate got along so well with the president because they were chatting at the beginning of Charles’s speech.

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Kate was caught chatting during Charles’ speech (Image: GETTY)

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Kate ‘got along so well’ with the president (Image: Getty)

“They were having too good of a conversation to stop, we’ve all been there.

“Kate really hit it off, it must be such a joy to be seated next to her.”

The King paid a touching tribute to the late Queen and her ties with South Africa as he hosted the nation’s president, saying she admired “its people, its vibrancy, natural beauty and diversity”.

He spoke movingly and with humour about his mother’s long relationship with the Commonwealth nation during a banquet speech to mark President Ramaphosa’s two-day state visit.

The monarch also mentioned the sometimes troubled past relationship between the two nations that “provoke profound sorrow”, but said “we must acknowledge the wrongs which have shaped our past if we are to unlock the power of our common future”.

Strictly star Johannes Radebe, originally from South Africa, was among the 163 guests at the white-tie dinner, joining broadcaster Zeinab Badawi, interior designer Kelly Hoppen and endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh.

Royal glamour was on show with the royal women – Queen Consort, the Princess of Wales and the Countess of Wessex – wearing lavish evening gowns and sparkling tiaras.

Leading national figures were also present from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to Lord Hain, the former Northern Ireland secretary and anti-apartheid campaigner, and Andrew Bailey – Governor of the Bank of England.

The visit was organized before the death of Queen Elizabeth II (Image: Getty)

The King went on to say: “The late Queen had the great pleasure of hosting Presidents Mandela, Mbeki and Zuma for State Visits to the United Kingdom, at all of which I was present. On each of those occasions, she expressed her admiration for your country and its people, its vibrancy, natural beauty and diversity.

“And she always talked warmly of her return to your country in 1995, as the guest of President Mandela, after the momentous events – driven from within South Africa and supported by so many around the world, including here in the United Kingdom – that brought democracy to your country.”

When Princess Elizabeth, the Queen famously pledged herself to her future role during a broadcast made in 1947 during a tour of South Africa with her parents and sister.


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