King Charles III to host South African president in first state visit of reign

King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday.  Picture date: Friday September 9, 2022. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS

King Charles III delivers his address to the nation and the Commonwealth from Buckingham Palace, London, following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. Picture date: Friday September 9, 2022. Yui Mok/Pool via REUTERS

London, United Kingdom – King Charles III. will host the first state visit of his new reign next month when South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his wife travel to Britain, Buckingham Palace announced on Monday.

“The President of the Republic of South Africa … has accepted an invitation from His Majesty the King to pay a state visit to the United Kingdom from Tuesday 22 November to Thursday 24 November 2022,” the palace said.

“The King and Queen Consort (Camilla) will be hosting the state visit to Buckingham Palace,” she added, noting that South Africa’s First Lady Tshepo Motsepe would accompany her husband on the visit.

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Charles III took the throne after the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s longest-serving sovereign, on 8 September.

As the head of state of the United Kingdom, the monarch undertakes and hosts state visits with foreign royal families, presidents or prime ministers arranged on the advice of the government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).

The new king is yet to announce his first foreign visit, with reports plans are being finalized for a trip to France after associating with President Emmanuel Macron on environmental issues.

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It emerged late Saturday that he would not be traveling to Egypt for next month’s COP27 climate summit after British Prime Minister Liz Truss reportedly “objected” Charles to attending a meeting between the two last month .

That follows speculation Truss could controversially reduce the country’s climate commitments.

State visits to the UK usually include a ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade in the heart of the capital, accompanied by a gun salute fired from Green Park and the Tower of London.

Visiting dignitaries are invited to inspect a guard of honor before traveling to Buckingham Palace in a procession of carriages, accompanied by a large number of mounted soldiers from the Household Cavalry.

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That evening, the monarch usually receives around 150 guests, who are invited because of their cultural, diplomatic or economic ties to the host country, to a grand “state banquet” in the palace ballroom.

The sovereign makes a speech and offers a toast to the visiting head of state, who responds and offers his own toast.

The visiting dignitary will then hold meetings with political leaders, usually over the following days.

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