King Charles III welcomes South African leader for state visit

King Charles III welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for the first state visit of his reign, which will include a formal banquet as well as talks with govt. leaders focused on investment.

Charles and Camilla, the queen consort, greeted Ramaphosa during a ceremony on Horse Guards Parade near Buckingham Palace. William and Kate, the Prince and Princess of Wales, also attended.

The visit was organized before the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a nod to her longtime devotion to the Commonwealth. The last state visit by a South African leader was in 1996.

Ramaphosa is scheduled to address a joint session of Parliament later Tuesday, followed by talks with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and other government officials on Wednesday.

On the agenda are opportunities for British companies to take part in up to 5.4 billion pounds ($6.4 billion) of infrastructure projects over the three years, Britain’s Foreign Office said. 

Britain will also provide funding for technical and vocational education in hopes of spurring the development of green technology and electric car manufacturing in South Africa.

Charles will preside over his first state banquet as monarch, held in honour of the president at Buckingham Palace. They will be joined by Camilla and other members, including William and Kate.