PHOTOS | King Charles III welcomes SA President Cyril Ramaphosa to the UK

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King Charles on Tuesday formally welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to the UK, after he was first welcomed by the Prince and Princess of Wales.

"The President of the Republic of South Africa has been formally welcomed to the UK by The King and The Queen Consort at Horse Guards Parade," reads a tweet by the royal family.

Photos show the monarch and the president shaking hands upon their introduction. President Ramaphosa arrived in the UK on Monday. Prince William and Kate officially welcomed him at the Corinthia Hotel on Tuesday morning before heading to his welcome ceremony at Horse Guards, where he met Charles and Queen Camilla.

Accompanied by the king, the president inspected a Guard of Honour before joining the Carriage Procession to Buckingham Palace.

The trio arrived at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace, where a grand banquet will be held in the president's honour.

A 62-round gun salute was fired by the HAC Regiment from the Tower of London to mark the king's first state visit of his reign. 

Prince William, Prince of Wales, and his wife Cath
Prince William, Prince of Wales, and his wife Catherine, Princess of Wales, greet South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa at the Corinthia Hotel.
President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa shakes h
President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa shakes hands with King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort of the United Kingdom during his welcome ceremony at Horse Guards.
King Charles III and President of the Republic of
King Charles III and President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa attend the Horse Guards Parade during his welcome ceremony at Horse Guards.
King Charles III and President of the Republic of
King Charles III and President of the Republic of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa attend the Horse Guards Parade during his welcome ceremony at Horse Guards.
A procession leading a state carriage containing B
A procession leading a state carriage containing Britain's King Charles, Queen Camilla and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa back to Buckingham Palace.
A procession leading a state carriage containing B
A procession leading a state carriage containing Britain's King Charles, Queen Camilla and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa back to Buckingham Palace.
Camilla, Queen Consort, King Charles III and South
Camilla, Queen Consort, King Charles III and South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa arrive at the Grand Entrance of Buckingham Palace.

The Presidency of South Africa shared the moment on Twitter, marking the first state visit by a South African president in 12 years.

Ramaphosa also shared a video of his welcoming ceremony on his personal Twitter account.

During his two-day visit, Ramaphosa will also visit Westminster Abbey to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and see the memorial stone for former South African President Nelson Mandela. He will also address lawmakers in the UK Parliament and meet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.


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