King Charles welcomes South Africa’s Ramaphosa for first state go to

King Charles hosted his first state go to since turning into British monarch on Tuesday, welcoming South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to Buckingham Palace.

Charles, 74, rolled out the standard pomp and ceremony for the primary time as head of state, as Britain seeks to bolster its relations with its greatest buying and selling accomplice in Africa.

Ramaphosa and his spouse had been formally greeted by Charles’s eldest son and inheritor Prince William and his spouse Kate at a central London lodge to mark the beginning of his two-day journey, the primary state go to to the UK by a world chief since that of former US President Donald Trump and his spouse Melania in 2019.

Gun salutes and a ceremonial welcome from the King and his spouse Camilla, the Queen Consort, adopted earlier than a grand carriage procession alongside The Mall to Buckingham Palace, the place a banquet might be held later within the president’s honor.

Ramaphosa is scheduled to go to Westminster Abbey to put a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and see the memorial stone for former South African President Nelson Mandela. He may also deal with lawmakers in parliament and meet UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

Britain hopes the go to, which had been deliberate earlier than the loss of life of Queen Elizabeth II in September, will strengthen commerce and funding ties between the 2 nations, and present the significance of hyperlinks with the Commonwealth of Nations, the worldwide group which Charles now heads.

“It is a reinforcement of the robust bilateral relationship that we now have with South Africa, an actual alternative to construct on that shut working relationship and talk about a few of the points that have an effect on us all,” British Overseas Minister James Cleverly advised Reuters.

The final state go to to Britain by a South African chief was that of President Jacob Zuma in 2010 when he was met by Charles and Camilla at first of the journey.