Royal Family hosts 1st State Banquet of King Charles’ reign for South Africa. See photos here.

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The first-ever State Banquet hosted by King Charles was held at Buckingham Palace tonight. The Royal Family welcomed South Africa’s 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 was in 2019 when Queen Elizabeth received then-President Donald Trump.

Joining King Charles and Queen Camilla for the State Banquet tonight were 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 the Queen Elizabeth’s former lady-in-waiting , the Honorable Annabel Whitehead.

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

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

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

Next to Kate is her husband Prince William, and right 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’ siblings to be present at the state banquet.

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

Prince William appeared to be looking straight at the cameras en route to Buckingham Palace.

President Ramaphosa was chatting with King Charles as South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor and Camilla, Queen Consort entered together.

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

Behind Queen Camilla, Prince William came in with another guest.

The Princess of Wales followed and chatted with another guest.

The Countess of Wessex also came in with a guest.

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

The guests sat in a horseshoe shape at the banquet. Here they stand during a toast.

The South African President and the British King raised glasses after toasting at the banquet.

President Ramaphosa laughed during the king’s remarks.

Kate clinked glasses with President Ramaphosa during the banquet.

Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer and his wife Victoria Starmer were present at the state banquet.

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

Another overhead view of the guests at the banquet.

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