Duchess of Gloucester, 76, joins President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa for a banquet

Duchess of Gloucester looks regal in a silver cape and Queen Mary’s honeysuckle tiara as she joins South African president Cyril Ramaphosa at a Guildhall banquet

  • The Duchess of Gloucester looked regal as she attended a banquet at Guildhall
  • She was joined by President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa for the lavish event
  • The Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Lyons, and his wife were also in attendance

The Duchess of Gloucester looked incredibly regal when joining South African president Cyril Ramaphosa at a banquet at the Guildhall in London this evening. 

Birgitte van Deurs, 76, who is married to the late Queen‘s cousin Prince Richard of Gloucester, donned a silver cape as she joined the visiting President Cyril for the lavish event.

The Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Lyons, and the Lady Mayoress were also in attendance for the occasion, on day two of Mr Ramaphosa’s visit, as well as the Duke of Gloucester.

The Duchess of Gloucester looked regal as she attended a banquet at the Guildhall alongside President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in London

The Duchess of Gloucester looked regal as she attended a banquet at the Guildhall alongside President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa in London

Birgitte van Deurs (left), 76, who is married to the late Queen's cousin Prince Richard of Gloucester (right), donned a silver cape for the lavish event

Birgitte van Deurs (left), 76, who is married to the late Queen’s cousin Prince Richard of Gloucester (right), donned a silver cape for the lavish event

The Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Lyons, and the Lady Mayoress were also in attendance for the banquet

The Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Lyons, and the Lady Mayoress were also in attendance for the banquet 

During the event, the Duchess wore Queen Mary’s Honeysuckle Tiara with matching emerald green earrings

During the event, the Duchess wore Queen Mary’s Honeysuckle Tiara with matching emerald green earrings

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (pictured) attend a banquet at the Guildhall in London

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (pictured) attend a banquet at the Guildhall in London

The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester (pictured) attend a banquet at the Guildhall in London

The Duchess of Gloucester was gifted a pretty pink and orange bouquet of flowers before the event

The Duchess of Gloucester was gifted a pretty pink and orange bouquet of flowers before the event 

Queen Mary pictured in 1921, wearing the Queen Mary’s Honeysuckle Tiara and a chic pearl necklace

Queen Mary pictured in 1921, wearing the Queen Mary’s Honeysuckle Tiara and a chic pearl necklace 

During the event, the Duchess wore Queen Mary’s Honeysuckle Tiara with matching emerald green earrings. 

She looked sophisticated in a navy blue gown underneath her suede cape and she carried a blue clutch bag.

The royal opted for minimal makeup, with a sweep of light eyeshadow and pale pink lipstick to complete her look. 

The banquet at Guildhall is held in honour of President Cyril during the end of a two day state visit to the UK. 

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa (left) paused for a photograph with the Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Lyons

President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa (left) paused for a photograph with the Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Lyons

The Duchess of Gloucester looked regal in her silver cape as she stepped out of a car

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa looked smart in a black suit as he made his way into the event

The Duchess of Gloucester looked regal in her silver cape as she stepped out of a car and made her way into the event

The Honourable Artillery company gave a guard of honour to President Cyril as he arrived for the banquet

The Honourable Artillery company gave a guard of honour to President Cyril as he arrived for the banquet

South African President was welcomed by the Lord Mayor of London Nicholas Lyons during a welcoming ceremony

South African President was welcomed by the Lord Mayor of London Nicholas Lyons during a welcoming ceremony 

It comes after King Charles III invited the president to his first state banquet as monarch alongside Queen Consort Camilla, Prince William and the Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace last night.

A total of 163 people, including senior politicians from both countries were present for an opulent banquet as the Palace pulled out all the stops in the first state visit of the King’s reign.

In a speech before the banquet began, the King addressed head on the issue of Britain’s colonial history with South Africa, aspects of which ‘provoked profound sorrow’.  

He said: ‘While there are elements of that history which provoke profound sorrow, it is essential that we seek to understand them. 

King Charles and President of South Africa Cyril attend a formal farewell at Buckingham Palace (pictured earlier today)

King Charles and President of South Africa Cyril attend a formal farewell at Buckingham Palace (pictured earlier today)

King Charles and the President beam for the cameras during a formal farewell at Buckingham Palace today

King Charles and the President beam for the cameras during a formal farewell at Buckingham Palace today 

The King waved farewell to the South African president after his formal visit to the UK

The King waved farewell to the South African president after his formal visit to the UK  

‘As I said to Commonwealth leaders earlier this year, we must acknowledge the wrongs which have shaped our past if we are to unlock the power of our common future.’

President Ramaphosa, who was sat beside him and the Princess of Wales at the head table, gently nodded at the monarch’s words.

The King also told his guests that ‘South Africa, like the Commonwealth, has always been a part of my life’.  

Mr Ramaphosa, whose visit was in the planning before the Queen Elizabeth II’s death, was greeted by more than 1,000 soldiers, 230 horses, seven military bands and two state coaches earlier the same day.

King Charles made the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, laugh during a speech before the state banquet at Buckingham Palace yesterday

King Charles made the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, laugh during a speech before the state banquet at Buckingham Palace yesterday 

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