Royal Family Hosts 1st State Banquet of King Charles’s Reign for South Africa. See photos here.

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The first-ever state banquet hosted by King Charles took place tonight at Buckingham Palace. The royal family welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. His wife, First Lady Tshepo Motsepe, was unable to make the trip to the UK for medical reasons. The last state banquet took place in 2019, when Queen Elizabeth hosted then-President Donald Trump.

In addition to King Charles and Queen Camilla, tonight’s state banquet was attended by the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke of Kent, Lady Susan Hussey and Queen Elizabeth’s former lady-in-waiting, the Honorable Annabel Whitehead.

Here are the best photos from King Charles’s first state banquet, with tiaras, of course:

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

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

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

Sophie, Countess of Wessex, looked elegant in a green dress and the Wessex Aquamarine Necklace Tiara, which she first wore in 2005.

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

President Ramaphosa, King Charles and Queen Camilla at the banquet.

Prince William appeared to be looking straight at the cameras on his way to Buckingham Palace.

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

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

Prince William walked in behind Queen Camilla with another guest.

The Princess of Wales followed and chatted with another guest.

The Countess of Wessex also entered with a guest.

Buckingham Palace also shared photos from the banquet, where the Princess of Wales sat next to President Ramaphosa.

At the banquet, the guests sat in a horseshoe shape. Here they are during a toast.

The South African president and the British king clinked glasses after a toast at the banquet.

President Ramaphosa laughed at the king’s remarks.

Kate toasted President Ramaphosa at the banquet.

Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer attended the state banquet.

Secretary of State James Cleverly and his wife Susannah Cleverly were also guests at the banquet.

Another top view of guests at the banquet.

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