The Princess Wears Plum Ensemble for South Africa State Visit Ceremonies

The Princess Wears Plum Ensemble for South Africa State Visit Ceremonies

The Princess of Wales selected a design believed to be by Emilia Wickstead for this afternoon’s state go to duties.

On behalf of the King, the Prince and Princess of Wales greeted President Cyril Ramaphosa at his London resort.

This is the UK’s first state go to since 2019 and the primary hosted by King Charles as monarch.

President Ramaphosa arrived at London Stansted airport final night time.

The Prince and Princess then accompanied the President as they traveled to Horse Guards Parade. The Princess of Wales as she arrived at Horse Guards Parade.

The Prince and Princess be part of the King, Queen Consort, and President Ramaphosa on the Royal Pavilion for the ceremonial welcome.

There was a royal salute, and the South African nationwide anthem was performed.

In this view, you too can see Prime Minister Rishi Sunak behind the King. 

Today’s ceremonies concerned greater than a thousand troopers, about 230 horses, seven navy bands, and 9 navy items from the British Army’s Household Division.

More on the go to from this BBC story printed earlier than the welcoming ceremonies.  

This is the diplomatic equal of getting out the poshest plates and cutlery to impress the guests.

Flags are out on the Mall, there shall be a ceremonial carriage journey, honour guards and a banquet in Buckingham Palace.

There is a severe soft-power intent behind the toasts and tiaras of the go to. Trade with South Africa represents 30% of the UK’s total commerce with the African continent, value nearly £11bn per 12 months.

The King can be now head of the Commonwealth and can wish to ship a optimistic message about strengthening relations.

One extra photograph of the Prince and Princess on the ceremony. 

Then it was time for a carriage journey.

President Ramaphosa rode with the King and Queen Consort. 

Here you see the Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals accompanying the State Carriage on the Mall.

The Princess of Wales. 

The route took the group from Horse Guards Parade to Buckingham Palace. Below, the Prince and Princess as they arrived at Buckingham Palace.

Following a non-public lunch, the King and Queen Consort, Prince and Princess of Wales, and President Ramaphosa moved to the Palace’s Picture Gallery to view an exhibition of Royal Collection gadgets associated to South Africa.

Here you see the couple with Dr. Naledin Pandor, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, a chess set Nelson Mandela gave Prince Philip in 1996.

Other objects included a map displaying the route of the Royal Train in the course of the Royal Tour of South Africa, undertaken by King George VI, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Elizabeth, and Princess Margaret in 1947. Chris Ship of ITV shared a photograph of the late Queen Elizabeth at age 21 on that journey as she learn the well-known speech pledging her service for her “complete life whether or not it’s lengthy or quick…”. 


President Ramaphosa holds {a photograph} of Nelson Mandela with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on this picture. 

Now for our have a look at what Kate wore for this afternoon’s welcoming occasions. Her wealthy, plum-colored ensemble included a gown that very a lot appears like an Emilia Wickstead design.

The midi-length piece includes a fitted bodice, peak lapels, utilized waistband, and pleated skirt. We shouldn’t have affirmation that that is an Emila Wickstead design and it could be one other designer altogether. But to me, the design carries lots of the Emilia Wickstead signature components seen in different coatdresses worn by the Princess. The most important distinction between right this moment’s garment and different Emilia Wickstead items is the inclusion of a completely pleated skirt, with pleats which can be stitched down.   

The Princess wore a brand new pillbox hat with a bow within the again that appears fairly just like the Sean Barrett type worn for this 12 months’s Commonwealth service in March (under proper). Thank you to Liz at Kate’s Closet for mentioning the similarity!

She accessorized along with her Gianvito Rossi pumps. 

And Mulberry clutch, together with a pair of UFO gloves.

The Princess wore a surprising brooch for right this moment’s occasions, Queen Alexandra’s Three Feathers Brooch. The Beau Monde explains the piece is “… composed of eighteen Round Cut diamonds with small emeralds that surrounded the normal image of the Prince of Wales, three ostrich feathers surrounded by a crown with the motto ‘Ich Dien’ (I Serve). It additionally got here with a removable cabochon emerald pendant that may be hung from the underside of the Pendant.”

And from The Court Jeweller’s piece about right this moment’s jewellery.  

Alexandra (who was then Princess of Wales herself) obtained the brooch and its coordinating emerald drop earrings as a marriage reward from a committee of girls, the Ladies of North Wales, in 1863. The Three Feathers (or Prince of Wales’s Feathers), a trio of white ostrich plumes, is among the most necessary symbols of the Prince of Wales title, and the brooch options the feathers set in a diamond body. This specific piece could be worn with or with out the emerald drop, and it may be used both as a brooch or a pendant.

Diana, Princess of Wales preferred to put on it as a pendant on a necklace (each with and with out the emerald drop). More lately, Queen Camilla has been the wearer of the jewel. She’s all the time worn it as a brooch, and all the time with the emerald drop.

Below, Diana, Princess of Wales, carrying the brooch in 1991 throughout an official go to to Canada.  
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Here you see the Duchess of Cornwall carrying the brooch and matching earrings to an October 2006 film premiere.

Here is another photograph from the afternoon engagement. 

I’ll see you shortly for the state banquet put up! 


The Royal Family Channel presents two minutes of protection from the resort. 

Prince and Princess of Wales Greet South African President

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Here is a video masking the welcome ceremony. 

King and The Queen Consort Welcome South African President

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 This protection consists of the carriage journey and arrival at Buckingham Palace. 

SA President Joins King and The Queen Consort for Carriage Procession

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The Royal Family posted a video. 

Here you see the carriages arrive at Buckingham Palace. 

The Royal Family shared among the preps for right this moment’s official welcome. 


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