Kate Middleton let hair down this afternoon as she chatted to Korean politicians alongside Prince William at Buckingham Palace.
The Princess of Wales, 41, slipped off her £3,000 caped red coat from Catherine Walker to show off another coat from the same designer as she joined Prince William, King Charles and Queen Camilla to meet the president and First Lady of South Korea today.
The royal arrived this morning with her hair up in a sleek bun and opted for a glamorous make-up look including a smokey eye as she drove to Horse Guards Parade.
But she appeared to opt for a more relaxed hair do once inside the palace, removing her hat and letting her tresses loose.
Looking in her element the royal chatted to with Choo Kyungho, Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister and Park Jin, the Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs while Korean items from the Royal Collection.
Kate Middleton let hair down this afternoon as she chatted to Korean politicians alongside Prince William at Buckingham Palace
William and Kate with Choo Kyungho, Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister, second right and Park Jin, the Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs, right, look at a display of Korean items from the Royal Collection
The Princess of Wales (pictured), 41, wore her hair up in a sleek bun and opted for a glamorous make-up look including a smokey eye as she drove to Horse Guards Parade after meeting Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee
To add a further glitz to the look, Kate sported a pair of sapphire and diamond oval drop earrings, they first belonged to Princess Diana
Kate was all smiles as she sported an all-red ensemble for the ceremonial welcome for President of South Korea
The Prince and Princess of Wales met with Yoon Suk Yeol, South Korean President, and his wife Kim Keon Hee
The British royals took a photo together with Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife, on day on the state visit
South Korea’s president got a very royal welcome as he stepped out into Buckingham Palace
King Charles III arrived with Yoon Suk Yeol in a ceremonial State Carriage today, as the state visit kicked off
Both the King and South Korea’s president walked together as the state visit kicked off today
Kate Middleton looked chic in a £3,000 caped red coat from Catherine Walker as she joined her husband Prince William to meet the president and First Lady of South Korea today (she is pictured leaving the car in central London)
Opting for complementing Gianvito Rossi shoes and a matching hat, Kate paid a subtle tribute to the late Queen, who too was a fan of colour-blocking
The pair travelled down Horse Guard’s Parade in a carriage
Will and Kate were in the carriage together as they took part in a welcome ceremony
The Prince and Princess of Wales rode in a carriage on the day of a ceremonial welcome for South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol
Kate looked glamorous in diamond and sapphire earrings
The royal looked in her element as she headed to the ceremony
Kate looked radiant in red as she rode in the carriage today
Princess of Wales and Prince William, Prince of Wales return to Buckingham Palace
Kate opted for a glamorous make-up look for the day out
Earlier, William and Kate drove in a town car to meet Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee at their central London hotel before accompanying to a reception at Buckingham Palace where they met the King and Queen.
Opting for complementing Gianvito Rossi shoes and a matching hat by Jane Taylor, Kate paid a subtle tribute to the late Queen, who too was a fan of colour-blocking.
To add a further glitz to the look, Kate sported a pair of Princess Diana’s sapphire and diamond oval drop earrings.
The royal has worn a similar coat dress on many occasions, including during her Christmas Carol concert at Westminster Abbey in 2021. She wore a black version of the same dress to Prince Philip’s funeral.
The shoes are also a firm favourite of Kate’s – with her owning the heels in at least six colours.
The King and Queen, wearing a blue dress and coat by Anna Valentine, hat with loose feathers by Philip Treacy, and a sapphire and diamond brooch, which belonged to Queen Mary, were waiting to greet them at the Royal Pavilion, as they officially welcomed the president of South Korea to the UK today.
Weeks of preparation had gone into the official ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards with more than 1,000 soldiers and 230 horses gathered for the occasion. In all seven military bands and nine military units were involved.
Lines of Foot Guards from F Company Scots Guards and the dazzling Sovereign’s Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment The Life Guards and The Blues and Royals stood to attention.
South Korea’s first lady pictured arriving at Buckingham Palace with the Queen
South Korea’s First Lady Kim Keon Hee was effortlessly elegant as she arrived at Buckingham Palace today
Queen Camilla and the wife of the President of South Korea Kim Keon Hee travel by carriage from Horse Guards to Buckingham Palace
The Queen and Korea’s First Lady sat together in the carriage as they travelled to Buckingham Palace
Charles and the South Korean president enjoyed a chat while they were in the carriage together
Charles grinned from his state carriage following the ceremonial welcome today
Pictured: The carriage which drove the Korean President and King to Buckingham Palace
A procession of royal carriages returned from Horse Guards to Buckingham Palace following the Ceremonial Welcome on day one
Weeks of preparation had gone into the official ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards with more than 1,000 soldiers and 230 horses gathered for the occasion. In all seven military bands and nine military units were involved
William and Kate rode with South Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister Choo Kyung-ho
The royals appeared to enjoy a chat with Choo Kyung-ho as they travelled
Pictured: The military procession along The Mall during the Ceremonial Welcome for President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee
The South Korean president and his wife received a very royal welcome
Kate lovingly looked on at Prince William during the day
The King and Queen arrived to a Royal Salute as the national anthem was played, with the Royal Standard flown from the Horse Guards Building.
Senior officials gathered included the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and the Home Secretary.
A medley of music was played by the Band of the Scots Guards, smartly dressed in their Atholl grey greatcoats.
As the official cars containing the President, the First Lady and the Prince and Princess of Wales pulled up outside the pavilion, the King’s Life Guards gave an official salute and the Flagman raised the national flag of Korea.
The VIP visitors were greeted by Their Majesties as the national anthem of Korea was played and a volley of ceremonial salutes could be heard ringing out across the capital.
Major James Drummond Moray matched forwards and presented his Guard of Honour to the Korean President and invited both himself and the King to inspect it.
The royals and their guests then departed in a procession of carriages. The King and President riding in The Irish State Coach, while
The Australian State Coach contained the Queen and First Lady.
The Prince and Princess of Wales rode in The Scottish State Coach with His Excellency Choo Kyungho, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance.
Camilla and Kim Keon Hee stood together during a Ceremonial Welcome on Horse Guards Parade in central London today
The King and Queen – as well as the Prince and Princess of Wales – were all present for the royal welcome
Pictured: The King and Queen waiting for the start of the Ceremonial Welcome today
King Charles and his wife greet official guests as he arrives at the Ceremonial Welcome for the President of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady, Kim Keon Hee
Charles enjoyed some banter with guests during the ceremony today
The King and Queen posed for a photo with South Korea’s President and First Lady during the state visit
The Prince and Princess of Wales attended the ceremonial welcome in sophisticated ensembles
Other senior officials followed in a string of Semi-State Landaus.
At Buckingham Palace a Guard of Honour, found by 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, with the King’s Colour, under the command of Major Andrew Campbell, Welsh Guards, with the Band of the Regiment, took position in the Quadrangle to greet the carriages, as well as a dismounted Detachment of Household Cavalry in the Grand Entrance.
As the parties arrived the Guard of Honour received Their Majesties, Their Excellencies and Their Royal Highnesses with a Royal Salute, while the band played the Korean and British National Anthems.
This evening they will stage a glittering state banquet in his honour at Buckingham Palace.
Charles and Camilla are hosting the pair for the first incoming state visit since the King’s coronation and the second of his reign.
The Prince and Princess of Wales played a key role by greeting the President and the First Lady at their hotel on this morning.
William and Kate travelled with Mr Yoon and Mrs Kim to the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade in central London.
A guard of honour, formed by F Company Scots Guards, gave a royal salute amid traditional pomp and pageantry and the King and Mr Yoon inspected the troops on the parade ground.
William and Kate are pictured with with South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol (2R) and his wife Kim Keon Hee at the a hotel in central London
The royal couple greeted the South Korean president and his wife, they will host a banquet this evening
Lady in red! Kate and William arrive to meet the President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol
The Princess of Wales looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat
(From left) First Lady of South Korea, Kim Keon-hee; President of South Korea, Yoon Suk Yeol; Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron; King Charles III; Home Secretary James Cleverly; Queen Camilla; Prince William and Kate Middleton at Horse Guards Parade in London this afternoon
President of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol shook hands with King Charles during the Ceremonial Welcome
The President appeared delighted to meet King Charles
William and Kate led the South Korean president to the King and Queen
Charles appeared in high spirits as he showed the President around during the ceremony
The King showed the South Korean president around
King Charles III and South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol at the ceremonial welcome today
Charles and the South Korean president were able to chat during today’s ceremonial welcome
President of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol took in the Guard of Honour, drawn from F Company the Scots Guards
Charles appeared to enjoy a conversation with the South Korean president today
Kim Keon Hee travelled in the carriage with Queen Camilla
Queen Camilla opted for a typically chic blue coat and black boots
Charles, Camilla, William and Kate and their guests will then travel in a carriage procession down The Mall to the Palace, before a private lunch and a visit to see Royal Collection exhibits in the Picture Gallery.
Later, Mr Yoon will lay a wreath at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey and deliver an address in the Royal Gallery at the Palace of Westminster to members of both Houses of Parliament.
In the evening, 170 guests will gather for the banquet, customarily a white tie and tiara affair, in the opulent Palace ballroom.
The King and Queen are expected to be joined by William, Kate and other members of the royal family, while Charles and Mr Yoon will make speeches.
Foreign secretaries are also usually invited, meaning the newly appointed Lord Cameron of Chipping Norton is likely to make a return to dining at the royal residence, harking back to the days when he was prime minister.
Mr Yoon, 62, is a known fan of karaoke and in April belted out a verse of one of his favourite songs, American Pie, at a White House dinner at the request of President Joe Biden during a state visit to the US.
Mr Yoon and Mrs Kim made a low-key arrival at Stansted Airport on Monday.
Before his trip, Mr Yoon said the world is facing a ‘polycrisis’ of multiple conflicts and threats to humanity.
He told The Daily Telegraph that the wars in Ukraine and Israel, and rising tension with Russia, North Korea and in the South China Sea, have compelled him to seek ‘very close security co-operation’ with the West.
William and Kate departed a London hotel with the President of the Republic of Korea and his wife
Looking typically chic, the Princess of Wales, 41, wore her hair up and tucked into and opted for a natural make-up look as she met Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee.
The Prince and Princess of Wales (pictured) played a key role by greeting the President and the First Lady at their hotel on Tuesday morning
Kate Middleton looked chic in a red coat dress from Catherine Walker as she joined her husband Prince William to meet the president of South Korea today
He secured a landmark deal with the US earlier this year to counter the North Korean nuclear threat.
Mr Yoon previously warned fellow world leaders about possible co-operation between North Korea and Russia after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s face-to-face meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The King and the South Korean President met last year at the reception for heads of state and official overseas guests at the Palace on the eve of the late Queen’s funeral.
Mr Yoon’s opponents accused him of being disrespectful during his trip to London after he missed the chance to view the late Queen’s coffin lying in state – which he blamed on heavy traffic.
First Lady of South Korea, Kim Keon-hee and Queen Camilla attend a ceremonial welcome for The President and the First Lady of the Republic of Korea
Camilla pictured on the first day of the South Korean state visit
Camilla looked typically elegant in navy
The military procession along The Mall during the Ceremonial Welcome for President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee
Foreign Secretary Lord David Cameron, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Hone Secretary James Cleverly also joined the festivties
Charles and Camilla will be hosting Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife, Kim Keon Hee, on Tuesday for the first incoming state visit since the King’s coronation
Mr Yoon and Mrs Kim arriving at Stansted Airport on Monday (PA)
He was also caught on microphone swearing after a chat with Mr Biden at the UN general assembly the following week, with the footage going viral in his home country.
The King visited South Korea in November 1992.
As the Prince of Wales, he carried out the tour with his then-wife, Diana, Princess of Wales, but the pair were branded ‘The Glums’ for looking ill at ease together and a month later it was announced Charles and Diana were separating.
On Wednesday, Mr Yoon will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at Downing Street and also meet Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
The state visit follows the first incoming one of the King’s reign by South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa last autumn.