King Charles invites to the first state visit of his reign. | entertainment

King Charles invites to the first state visit of his reign.

The monarch was among senior royals and VIPs who welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London on Tuesday. (11/22/22)

His visit was scheduled before the death of Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth, in September, and he was greeted by more than 1,000 soldiers, 230 horses, seven military bands and two state carriages.

Charles, 74, and Camilla, Queen Consort, 75, stood on Horse Guards Parade to greet the leader to start his two-day official visit to the UK.

He was also escorted by the Prince and Princess of Wales, marking the first state visit to the UK since President Trump in 2019.

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and senior members of his cabinet were also present, as well as the Lord Mayor of London and Defense Ministry Chiefs of Staff.

A little after midday a procession consisting of President Ramaphosa and the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived and were greeted by the Royal Horse Artillery of the King’s Troop with a 41-gun salute.

Mr Ramaphosa’s wife was unable to travel for medical reasons and he faces possible impeachment for allegedly failing to report a major raid at his castle farmhouse in which attackers stole £3.4million in cash.

He is accused of not reporting the robbery and instead organizing and silencing the kidnapping and bribing of the robbers.

The President has admitted a break-in took place but denies kidnapping and bribery and insists he reported the break-in to the police.

A body set up by the South African Parliament is to decide on impeachment proceedings.

After a private lunch with the King, which included the Earl and Countess of Wessex and the Duke of Gloucester, Mr Ramaphosa admired items including a chess set presented to Charles by President Nelson Mandela during his visit to London in 1996 – the first of a South African head of state.

The king told his guest about the play, which features two tribes – Zulus and the Ndebele – instead of the traditional black and white plays: “This is quite wonderful.”

Lieutenant Colonel James Shaw, Brigadier Major, Household Division, who delivered the military ceremonial spectacle for the visit, said afterwards: “The state visit is an historic first – our first state visit for His Majesty the King and the President of South Africa, the first state visit to London since 2019, the first state visit in procession to Horse Guards since 2018 and the first for almost everyone in the parade.

“A lot of work has gone into preparing for the visit and we are very proud to support such an important national occasion.”

There is a State Banquet tonight at Buckingham Palace which is currently undergoing refurbishment and cannot accommodate overnight stays.


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