Kate and William follow strict royal custom by sitting exactly 18 inches apart at the state banquet | actual | News

The lavish event took place in the Buckingham Palace ballroom, where a traditional horseshoe-shaped table was set with silver inherited from King George IV. Preparations for such a major royal event begin more than a year in advance, and work on South Africa’s state visit began during Queen Elizabeth’s reign, but King Charles was reportedly delighted to go ahead with plans. from his mother.

The place settings at a state banquet are exactly 18 inches apart and precise measurements are very important to the occasion so that each piece on the table is properly aligned.

Some 170 guests attended the event, which required 1,700 place settings to be placed with rulers to get the correct measurements.

Each person receives six glasses of water, red and white wine, dessert wine, champagne, and port.

All the guests have also placed in front of them two knives and forks, plus dessert cutlery, and a butter knife and a butter plate.

Every part of the complicated planning is inspected by the reigning monarch, who must approve the table setting before dressing.

Guests are expected to enjoy the best of British food at a state banquet, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was treated to stuffed Windsor pheasant and grilled bril with wild mushrooms.

It is different from what was normally served during Queen Elizabeth’s banquets, as the late monarch often favored venison or lamb from Balmoral, her Scottish holiday home.

The food for such an event is prepared as close to the event as possible and each dish is made by hand from scratch.

Wines on offer included a Château Feytit-Clinet, Pomerol 2000 from France, which tastes of “molten liquor, cherries and earth.”

The royal chefs also wowed with a tasty dessert of South Africa’s national flower, the bright orange-red Protea, made entirely of sugar and editable colourings.

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Kate Middleton and Prince William arrived for the occasion dressed in their finest, as Kate wore her favorite tiara, the Cambridge Lovers’ Knot, which was a wedding gift to Princess Diana and she also wore diamond earrings that were also belonged to the late Princess of Wales.

It was the first time the royal couple had been part of such a major diplomatic event, and they initially traveled to central London to the hotel where President Cyril Ramaphosa was staying to accompany him to Horse Guards Parade to begin the welcoming ceremony.

Due to work being done at Buckingham Palace, the South African leader was unable to spend the night at the royal house, as is customary.

Other important people at the event included Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who said in a statement: “South Africa is already the UK’s biggest trading partner on the continent, and we have ambitious plans to boost infrastructure investment and economic growth together.” .

“I look forward to welcoming President Ramaphosa to London this week to discuss how we can deepen the partnership between our two great nations and capitalize on shared opportunities, from trade and tourism to security and defence.”

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After the ceremony and private lunch. King Charles gave President Cyril Ramaphosa a tour of the Picture Gallery which contained items from the Royal Collection relating to South Africa.

The two came across a photo of King Charles taken in South Africa with the Spice Girls, which later apparently amused Prine Willaim, who commented with a laugh, “My father in South Africa: the Spice Girls.”

President Ramaphosa was also reported to have picked up a photograph of Queen Elizabeth during the tour, showing the late monarch with former South African President Nelson Mandela, saying: “This is a lovely picture.”

To which King Charles replied, “You were lucky to have met both of them.”

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