On Tuesday, Buckingham Palace hosted the first major state dinner since the Queen’s death. King Charles III and his wife, Queen Camilla, welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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The state reception and subsequent dinner in honor of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (70) should be the first major coup of the “new” royal families. King Charles III, 73, also made sure his family was ready and waiting.
And although the new king intends to introduce tough austerity measures, the motto of the state dinner in particular was “A massive place of disorder”. Champagne was toasted and truffles and pheasant were served to heads of state and royalty.
A circumstance that people do not like at all: England has been in one of the biggest economic crises in its history for months, and many Britons have to ask themselves in winter: “Eat or heat?” In particular, the efforts of Princess Kate (41) to shine in her first major appearance as the Princess of Wales were criticized. The reason: The outfits were sewn on her body by luxury fashion houses.
In the comment columns of the British press, readers vent their frustrations. “I love Kate’s clothes, but so much luxury when we are fighting and freezing in our homes is tacky,” the woman wrote in the Daily Mail. Another reader adds: “This is obscene! Such a waste of money. These clothes cost thousands of pounds while people are freezing. I wish she would wear the clothes she already owns.”
Princess Kate relied on her absolute favorite designers for the reception and dinner. Kate wore a tailored winter dress by Emilia Wickstead, 38, to greet President Ramaphosa. Brit’s designs cost around 2000 francs on average, the dress made for Kate was supposed to be much more expensive. In addition, the princess combined a beret from the hatter she trusts, Sean Barrett. It is not known how much his custom products cost. A small handbag from Royal cost a whopping 560 francs and the shoes are available for 640 francs.
Kate paid tribute to the Queen and Princess Diana
The evening continued opulently. Wearing a white dress by designer Jenny Packham, Kate shone with her crown jewels. The gown was specially made for the princess as it is backless in the original, which is obviously not suitable for royalty. Kate also wished for a lot more glitter applications.
The dress sold out just hours after the mother-of-three unveiled it. Despite the purchase price of 6,000 francs. An Alexander McQueen clutch completed the outfit for around 600 francs.
As it happens, at least the jewelry was “used”. Kate wore the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara in honor of two of the most important women in recent Windsor history. Headdress of the late Queen Elizabeth II. († 96), which she often lent to Princess Diana (1961-1997), because the mother of Prince William (40) loved the tiara.
King Charles boldly dealt with colonization
Despite sharp criticism of the opulent implementation of the state visit, at least Charles III. to prove his qualities as a modern king in his first event of this magnitude.
In his speech, he made a bold statement about Britain’s inability to come to terms with its history of colonization. “We must acknowledge our mistakes and harness the power of the future,” King Charles said, adding even more pointedly: “These elements of the past cause deep sadness.”
Knowing that more and more Commonwealth countries want to leave the union of states, King Charles III. to ensure that the dark chapters of colonization are resolved. This includes the processing of slavery, the theft of historical artifacts, and the annexation of land and mineral resources.