King Charles to host first state visit as Kate and William step up for palace banquet

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William and Kate will be playing key roles in the historic event, which will be the first of its kind for three years.

They will then travel together to Horse Guards Parade for a ceremonial welcome with Charles, before joining the carriage procession back to the palace.

A white tie banquet will be held on Tuesday evening, with Kate and Camilla both appearing in tiaras. Speeches will be made by the King, and by the president.

This sequence follows the format traditionally adopted during the reign of the late Queen. 

King Charles to host first state visit as Kate and William step up for palace banquet

King Charles to host first state visit as Kate and William step up for palace banquet (Image: GETTY)

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On his return from Horse Guards, the King will host the president at a private lunch at the Palace, and then invite him to view an exhibition in the Picture Gallery of items from the Royal Collection relating to South Africa.

As part of tradition, Mr Ramaphosa will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey, and also visit the Palace of Westminster. There, he will give an address in the Royal Gallery to politicians, before the evening state banquet.

On Wednesday, the Earl of Wessex will escort the South African leader to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew.

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Cyril Ramaphosa will be marking the first state visit to Buckingham Palace in three years (Image: Getty)

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Prince William and Kate will play an important part in proceedings (Image: Getty)

He will receive a call by the Leader of the Opposition, Sir Keir Starmer, and on Wednesday evening attend a Guildhall banquet with the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

In 2014, William and Kate greeted the President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam on behalf of the Queen and joined the Horse Guards Parade ceremonial welcome.

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The visit will be King Charles’ first state visit since becoming monarch (Image: Getty)

Poignantly, next week’s visit was already in the early stages of planning before the Queen died.

Mr Ramaphosa is currently faced with accusations of money laundering that threaten his position.

The president has denied the accusations, which include illegally holding around four million dollars in cash at his game ranch in northern South Africa and covering up its theft in an attempt to hide the existence of the money.

Source: EXPRESS CO UK

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