The Princess of Wales looked effortlessly elegant in a white dress and dazzling tiara as she arrived at tonight’s state banquet to welcome South Korea’s president and first lady.
Kate, 41, joined her husband Prince William, as well as the King and Queen, to welcome Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon-hee to the glittering festivities at Buckingham Palace in London.
Looking ethereal in a white Jenny Packham dress, the mother-of-three added to her look a pair of glitzy earrings belonging to Queen Elizabeth, her family order and her GCVO sash and star .
The royal, who was seen arriving in a car, opted for the Strathmore Rose tiara which belonged to the Queen Mother and was a gift from her parents in 1923.
It can be worn on top of the head or across the forehead as a headband – as the then Duchess of York chose to do in keeping with the fashion of the time. But the delicate floral design hadn’t been worn in public for many years before tonight.
Kate also donned a yellow brooch paying tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II. The jewel represented a portrait of her husband’s grandmother, a young woman, dressed in an evening dress decorated with a ribbon and the star of the Order of the Garter.
Some 170 guests are expected this evening, usually in white tie and tiara, in the Palace’s sumptuous ballroom.
As well as the Prince and Princess of Wales, the King and Queen are likely to be joined by other members of the royal family, while Charles and Mr Yoon will give speeches.
Foreign ministers are also usually invited, meaning Chipping Norton’s new Lord Cameron is likely to return for dinner at the royal residence, reminiscent of his time as Prime Minister.
Charles and Camilla officially welcomed the South Korean president to Britain today.
The two men welcome Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee for the first state visit since the king’s coronation and the second of his reign.
And earlier this morning, William, 41, and Kate played a key role in welcoming President Yoon and his wife to their hotel for a very royal welcome.
The Prince and Princess of Wales – who looked stunning in a red outfit – met visitors at their London hotel this morning.
The couple went with Mr Yoon and Ms Kim to a welcoming ceremony at Horse Guards Parade, where the king and queen were waiting.
After the event, they went to Buckingham Palace to view a special exhibition of items from the royal collection relating to South Korea in the picture gallery.
Charles and Camilla took their seats in the Royal Pavilion around midday and briefly greeted Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron, Home Secretary James Cleverly and the Chiefs of the Defense Staff .
Camilla wore a blue dress and coat by Anna Valentine, a loosely feathered hat by Philip Treacy and a sapphire and diamond brooch that once belonged to Queen Mary.
Nearby were the sovereign escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals, commanded by Major Edward van der Lande.
Kate wore a stunning £3,000 red caped coat by Catherine Walker and matching hat by Jane Taylor.
She also wore a pair of Princess Diana’s oval sapphire and diamond earrings, completing the look with a pair of red Gianvito Rossi shoes.
A guard of honour, formed by the Scots Guards of Company F, gave a royal salute amid traditional pomp and pageantry – and the King and Mr Yoon inspected the troops.
Members of the Scots Guards were recently deployed to South Korea where they were training troops.
How Charles and Diana were branded ‘The Glums’ during their 1992 visit to South Korea
The King visited South Korea in November 1992, when he was Prince of Wales.
Charles made the tour with his then-wife, Diana, Princess of Wales.
However, the two were nicknamed “The Glums” because they seemed uncomfortable together.
A month later, it was announced that Charles and Diana were separating.
Mr. Yoon walked past the two rows of guards, glancing at the military before returning to the royal pavilion with the king.
Charles, Camilla, William and Kate and their guests then traveled by horse-drawn carriage to Buckingham Palace.
The King and Queen then arrived at the grand entrance of Buckingham Palace with President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee to the sound of the South Korean and British national anthems.
Mr. Yoon exited the black and gold Irish carriage first, followed by the king.
In the second car – the Australian state coach – Camilla, dressed in a blue dress and coat by Anna Valentine and a loosely feathered hat by Philip Treacy, accompanied Ms Kim.
A guard of honor from the 1st Battalion of the Welsh Guards, dressed in long gray coats and bearskin hats, waited in the Palace quadrangle.
William and Kate traveled on the Scottish State Coach with Choo Kyung-ho, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance of South Korea.
The royal group and their guests then headed inside the palace for a private lunch.
Weeks of preparation had gone into the official welcoming ceremony for the Horse Guards Parade, with more than 1,000 soldiers and 230 horses gathered for the occasion. In total, seven military bands and nine military units were involved.