Kate Middleton dazzles in diamonds! Princess of Wales is elegant in Queen Mother’s Strathmore Rose Tiara and white gown as she attends glitzy State Banquet for South Korea’s President and First Lady
- King Charles and Camilla are hosting Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee
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The Princess of Wales was effortlessly elegant in a white gown and ornate tiara as she arrived for tonight’s State Banquet to welcome the President and First Lady of South Korea.
Kate, 41, is joining her husband Prince William in welcoming Yoon Suk-yeol and his wife Kim Keon-hee for the festivities at Buckingham Palace.
The royal, who was seen arriving in a car, also drew attention with a yellow brooch which paid tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The curious item of jewellery showed a portrait of her husband’s grandmother as a young woman, wearing an evening dress with a ribbon and star of the Order of the Garter.
Some 170 guests are expected to gather this evening, customarily a white tie and tiara affair, in the opulent Palace ballroom.
Kate, 41, joined her husband Prince William in welcoming Yoon Suk-yeol and his wife Kim Keon-hee for the festivities at Buckingham Palace
As well as The Prince and Princess of Wales, the King and Queen will likely to be joined by other members of the royal family, while Charles and Mr Yoon will make speeches.
Foreign secretaries are also usually invited, meaning the newly appointed Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton is likely to make a return to dining at the royal residence, harking back to the days when he was prime minister.
Charles and Camilla officially welcomed South Korea’s president to Britain today.
The pair are hosting Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee for the first incoming state visit since the King’s coronation and the second of his reign.
And earlier this morning, William, 41, and Kate played a key role by greeting President Yoon and his wife at their hotel for a very regal welcome.
The Prince and Princess of Wales – who looked stunning in a red outfit – met the visitors at their London hotel this morning.
The pair travelled with Mr Yoon and Mrs Kim to a Horse Guards Parade ceremonial welcome, where the King and Queen were waiting.
Following the event, they travelled to Buckingham Palace to view a special exhibition of items from the Royal Collection relating to South Korea in the Picture Gallery.
Charles and Camilla took their place standing on the royal pavilion around midday and briefly greeted Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron, Home Secretary James Cleverly and the Defence Chiefs of Staff.
Camilla wore a blue dress and coat by Anna Valentine, hat with loose feathers by Philip Treacy and a sapphire and diamond brooch which belonged to Queen Mary.
Nearby was the Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, commanded by Major Edward van der Lande.
(From left) First Lady of South Korea, Kim Keon-hee; President of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol; Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron; King Charles III; Home Secretary James Cleverly; Queen Camilla; Prince William and Kate Middleton at Horse Guards Parade in London this afternoon
Prince William and Kate Middleton pictured as they stand at Horse Guards Parade in London this afternoon
South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee, accompanied by Queen Camilla and King Charles III, view a special exhibition of items from the Royal Collection relating to South Korea in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace today
William and Kate with Choo Kyungho, South Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister, second right and Park Jin, the South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, inside Buckingham Palace today
How Charles and Diana were branded ‘The Glums’ on their 1992 visit to South Korea
The King visited South Korea in November 1992 when Prince of Wales.
Charles carried out the tour with his then-wife, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Charles and Diana visit Seoul in 1992
However, the pair were branded ‘The Glums’ for looking ill at ease together.
One month later it was announced Charles and Diana were separating.
Kate wore a striking £3,000 caped red coat by Catherine Walker and a matching hat by Jane Taylor.
She also sported a pair of Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond oval drop earrings, complementing the look with a pair of Gianvito Rossi red shoes.
A guard of honour, formed by F Company Scots Guards, gave a royal salute amid traditional pomp and pageantry – and the King and Mr Yoon inspected the troops.
Members of the Scots Guards were recently deployed to South Korea where they were training troops.
Mr Yoon walked past the two ranks of Guardsman casting his eye over the servicemen before returning to the royal pavilion with the King.
Charles, Camilla, William and Kate and their guests then travelled in a carriage procession down The Mall to Buckingham Palace.
The King and Queen then arrived at the Grand Entrance to Buckingham Palace with President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee to the sound of the South Korean and British national anthems.
Mr Yoon stepped from the black and gold Irish State Coach first, followed by the King.
In the second carriage – the Australian State Coach – Camilla, in a blue dress and coat by Anna Valentine and hat with loose feathers by Philip Treacy, accompanied Mrs Kim.
A guard of honour from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in their long grey coats and bearskin hats waited in the Palace quadrangle.
William and Kate travelled in the Scottish State Coach with Choo Kyung-ho, South Korea’s deputy prime minister and minister of economy and finance.
The royal party and their guests then went inside the Palace for a private lunch.
Weeks of preparation had gone into the official ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade with more than 1,000 soldiers and 230 horses gathered for the occasion. In all seven military bands and nine military units were involved.
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