At the first state banquet of the reign of King Charles III. the monarch remained a marginal phenomenon. Daughter-in-law Princess Kate outright stole the show from Charles – despite being forced to separate from husband William.
Since the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her successor King Charles III. experienced a number of premieres as a monarch – including the first state banquet, which the king hosted on the evening of November 22, 2022 in honor of the state visit of Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of South Africa. At the festive gala evening, however, all eyes were not on the king, but rather on his daughter-in-law Princess Kate, who effortlessly outshined the top-class crowd of guests. But if you looked closely, you didn’t miss the surprising separation that accompanied Princess Kate’s evening.
Radiantly beautiful as the Princess of Wales: Princess Kate walks in the footsteps of her mother-in-law Lady Di
For the first state banquet of her father-in-law, King Charles III. Princess Kate had dressed up particularly elegantly. The fashion-forward Princess of Wales wore a stunning beaded white dress by designer Jenny Packham, choosing jewels with a special meaning to complete the evening outfit.
Princess Kate wore it on her head the famous “Lover’s Knot” tiara, which was once owned by Queen Elizabeth’s grandmother Queen Mary of Teck (1867 – 1953) and later became a favorite of Kate’s mother-in-law, Princess Diana. Prince William’s wife combined precious earrings from Princess Diana’s estate with the pearl and diamond headdress.
Precision work in the name of perfection: this is how the banquet table is laid at the royal banquet
They had hardly met royals and invited guests came to the state banquet in the ballroom of Buckingham Palace and were allowed to take a seat at the U-shaped banquet table. Nothing was left to chance: the palace protocol stipulates, among other things, that there must be a distance of exactly 45 centimeters between the individual seats, and the placement of the glasses and cutlery is also checked with a ruler to the millimeter.
???? As final touches are made, The King and The Queen Consort inspect the table ahead of tonight’s State Banquet. pic.twitter.com/ETsgKxMqIC
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) November 22, 2022
In the run-up to the banquet, the monarch himself traditionally checks whether everything is correct. Incidentally, the menu included artichoke-stuffed Windsor pheasant, grilled brill with wild mushrooms and truffles, French wine flowed freely, and iced vanilla parfait with caramelized apples, coffee and tarts were served for dessert.
Separation in the name of the crown: They drove a wedge between Princess Kate and Prince William
But the delicacies served must have had a bitter aftertaste for Princess Kate: The Princess of Wales was not allowed to sit next to her husband Prince William during the state banquet. Instead, the 41-year-old was placed at the front of the plaque to the right of her father-in-law, King Charles III. Seated alongside South African guest of honor Cyril Ramaphosa, Prince William was reportedly seated five seats away and was forcibly separated from his wife. What is not done in the name of the crown!