King Charles and Camilla, Queen Consort, appeared alongside senior royals, including Prince Edward and Princess Anne.
King Charles met representatives from British east and south-east Asian communities at the reception at the palace.
The event took place soon after the Lunar New Year, a holiday to honour household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors.
Guests included representatives from the Armed Forces, the arts, media, fashion, business, government and finance.
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla pictured at the reception at Buckingham Palace
King Charles pictured at the reception held at Buckingham Palace
Queen Consort Camilla with guests at the reception
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Among those at the reception were fashion designers John Rocha, Alexa Chung and her brother Dominic Chung.
Queen Camilla, wearing an Anna Valentine green velvet tunic top and green silk palazzo pants, was on top form as she met designers and models.
She chatted to Ms Chung, who was born in Winchester to an English mother and a father from a mostly Chinese background.
Ms Chung, wearing a sparkling dress, told reporters she had “a lovely time”.
Mr Rocha, a Chinese-Irish designer born in Hong Kong, said he felt “very proud” to be at the reception. He said it was amazing that he had been born “in a colony” and is now “here talking to the King”.
Also among those who attended the event was actor Will Sharpe, who starred in the second season of the HBO series The White Lotus.
YouTubers Joshua Carrot and Oliver Kendal, who host the “Korean Englishman” channel centred around sharing South Korean culture and food, said they were “amazed” the King had heard of them.
The channel has more than five million subscribers on YouTube. Mr Carrot asked the King whether he had ever tried Korean food.
The YouTuber explained: “He said he was a big fan of the food. He liked everything unless it was a bit too spicy.”
King Charles shakes hands with John Rocha
Charles meets Alexa Chung and Dominic Chung
King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla’s appearance comes after it emerged the monarch’s charity is behind an initiative to help combat loneliness and the cost-of-living crisis.
Hundreds of people from the local community are enjoying free hot drinks and soup, and practising sociable activities such as craft, board games and knitting in the Orchard Room on Charles’s Highgrove estate in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, as part of the Winter Warmers project.
The scheme – organised by The Prince’s Foundation – is also taking place at the charity’s headquarters Dumfries House in East Ayrshire and the Queen Mother’s former home the Castle of Mey in Caithness.
Running from January to March, the weekly initiative provides a welcoming place for local people to gather and offers a warm haven for those who may not be able to heat their own homes amid the rising energy costs.
Such has been the demand the free tickets have already sold out for all sessions.
Camilla pictured at the reception
King Charles meets actor Will Sharpe (c)
Charles highlighted the cost-of-living difficulties facing the nation in his first-ever Christmas message, sympathising with families struggling to make ends meet and praising individuals, charities and faith groups supporting those in need.
He spoke about the “great anxiety and hardship” experienced by many trying to “pay their bills and keep their families fed and warm” during his televised message, which featured footage of a food bank and other scenes of meals being distributed to the homeless.
Footage of a Winter Warmers event being staged on the Highgrove estate on Tuesday showed members of the local community seated at round tables in the Orchard dining room, tucking into bowls of soup and having cups of tea, as they chatted, with some making wool pompoms as part of a craft activity.
The Orchard Room, which is usually open to visitors after Garden Tours, is set within the gardens of Charles’s Highgrove home.
King Charles chats with a guest at the reception
Camilla, Queen Consort, poses with a guest
Today’s reception also follows a Holocaust survivor being made an MBE.
The 99-year-old great-grandmother who became a founding member of the UK’s Holocaust Survivor Centre has said words cannot explain how much it means to her after receiving the honour from the King.
Lily Ebert was recognised for her services to Holocaust education at Windsor Castle on Tuesday after being included in the New Year Honours list – the first overseen by Charles since his ascension to the throne.
With her while she accepted the award was her great-grandson, 19-year-old Dov Forman.
The pair have accrued billions of views on video-sharing platform TikTok in an effort to educate the younger generation on the Holocaust.
The King wrote a foreword for her book, Lily’s Promise. Ms Ebert spoke about her appreciation for the monarch whom she has met on a number of occasions, including at one of his Christmas parties.
She said of the King: “He is a very special human being.
“It must be a very difficult job and he does it with such a love and understanding, that I thank him very much.
“I never thought that I would have the opportunity to thank him personally.”
Source: EXPRESS CO UK