First state visit for King Charles III

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King Charles III will begin his first-ever incoming state visit as monarch today.

At his invitation, the President of South Africa will visit the United Kingdom today. President Cyril Ramaphosa will make a two-day visit.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will arrive at Stansted Airport this morning and be welcomed by The Viscount Hood, Lord-in-Waiting. He will then be greeted by the Prince and Princess of Wales at the Corinthia Hotel. Together they will go to the Horse Guards Parade where a ceremonial welcome will take place. There the President will also be officially welcomed by King Charles and Queen Camilla. After the ceremony, the President, King, Queen and the Prince and Princess of Wales will take a driving tour along The Mall to Buckingham Palace. This is followed by lunch and a visit to the Picture Gallery. In the afternoon, the President will visit Westminster Abbey and the Palace of Westminster. A state banquet takes place in the evening.

Tomorrow the President will visit the Botanic Gardens at Kew and the Francis Crick Institute with the Earl of Wessex. Then there will be a visit to No. 10 Downing Street and the UK-South Africa Business Forum at Lancaster House. The President will then return to Buckingham Palace to bid the King an official farewell. In the evening there will be another banquet, which will also be attended by the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

South Africa’s last state visit was by President Jacob Zuma in 2010.

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