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 King Charles III on Tuesday welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London for the first state visit of his reign with climate change trade and the Commonwealth expected to be on the agenda Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were joined by the heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Catherine to greet Ramaphosa and First Lady Tshepo Motsepe for a ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade in central London The monarch and Ramaphosa inspected the guard of honour together The parties then travelled to Buckingham Palace the route lined with the UK and South African flags in a carriage procession escorted by mounted soldiers from the Household Cavalry The two day state visit is the first since Charles became king following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II in September It comes more than a decade after the last by a South African leader when Jacob Zuma came to the UK in 2010 For Ramaphosa a protege of anti apartheid icon Nelson Mandela however it also comes amid political difficulties and a threat of impeachment at home In the last state visit of Elizabeth s record breaking 70 year reign the queen hosted US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania in June 2019 Later in the day Ramaphosa will visit parliament for an address to both the upper and lower houses A tour of Westminster Abbey will include the memorial stone for Mandela who served as president of South Africa between 1994 and 1999 In the evening Ramaphosa will attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace Ramaphosa is also due to visit Downing Street for talks with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak Turbocharge growth At the start of the visit the UK and South African governments announced the launch of the next phase of the UK South Africa Infrastructure Partnership South Africa is already the UK s biggest trading partner on the continent and we have ambitious plans to turbocharge infrastructure investment and economic growth together Sunak said Trade with South Africa the continent s second biggest economy is worth 10 7 billion 12 7 billion a year Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said the choice of Ramaphosa for Charles s first state visit was a sign of the UK s enduring commitment to Africa even as it eyes new partners in Asia post Brexit But he added It s important that we also show that it s not going to be at the expense of the incredibly important partnerships we have through the Commonwealth through international fora as well as the bilateral relationship with South Africa As well as trade climate change and Charles s vision for the Commonwealth are also expected to be discussed during the visit But political problems in South Africa threaten to cast a shadow over the ceremonial pomp and splendour of the state visit Ramaphosa is at risk of impeachment for allegedly covering up a crime accused of concealing a multi million dollar cash theft He faces an accusation that he failed to report a heist at his luxury cattle farmhouse in which robbers took four million dollars in cash and instead organised for the robbers to be kidnapped and bribed into silence He has faced calls to resign and the deeply divided ruling African National Congress ANC is due to hold a vote on its leadership in December The president has acknowledged a burglary but denies kidnapping and bribery saying he reported the break in to the police South African lawmakers will discuss next month the findings of a special panel tasked with establishing whether Ramaphosa should face impeachment
South Africa’s Ramaphosa starts Charles III’s first state visit as king

King Charles

King Charles III on Tuesday welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to London for the first state visit of his reign, with climate change, trade and the Commonwealth expected to be on the agenda.

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Charles and Queen Consort Camilla

Charles and Queen Consort Camilla were joined by the heir to the throne Prince William and his wife Catherine to greet Ramaphosa and First Lady Tshepo Motsepe for a ceremonial welcome at Horse Guards Parade in central London.

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The monarch and Ramaphosa inspected the guard of honour together.

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Buckingham Palace

The parties then travelled to Buckingham Palace — the route lined with the UK and South African flags — in a carriage procession escorted by mounted soldiers from the Household Cavalry.

Queen Eliza

The two-day state visit is the first since Charles became king following the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, in September.

South African

It comes more than a decade after the last by a South African leader, when Jacob Zuma came to the UK in 2010.

For Ramaphosa

For Ramaphosa, a protege of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, however, it also comes amid political difficulties and a threat of impeachment at home.

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In the last state visit of Elizabeth’s record-breaking 70-year reign, the queen hosted US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania in June 2019.

Later in the day, Ramaphosa will visit parliament for an address to both the upper and lower houses.

Westminster Abbey

A tour of Westminster Abbey will include the memorial stone for Mandela, who served as president of South Africa between 1994 and 1999.

Buckingham Palace

In the evening, Ramaphosa will attend a state banquet at Buckingham Palace.

Downing Street

Ramaphosa is also due to visit Downing Street for talks with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

South African

‘Turbocharge growth’At the start of the visit, the UK and South African governments announced the launch of the next phase of the UK-South Africa Infrastructure Partnership.

South Africa

“South Africa is already the UK’s biggest trading partner on the continent, and we have ambitious plans to turbocharge infrastructure investment and economic growth together,” Sunak said.

South Africa

Trade with South Africa, the continent’s second-biggest economy, is worth £10.

7 billion ($12.

7 billion) a year.

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly

Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said the choice of Ramaphosa for Charles’s first state visit was a sign of the UK’s “enduring commitment” to Africa, even as it eyes new partners in Asia post-Brexit.

South Africa

But he added: “It’s important… that we also show that it’s not going to be at the expense of the incredibly important partnerships we have through the Commonwealth, through international fora, as well as the bilateral relationship (with South Africa).


As well as trade, climate change and Charles’s vision for the Commonwealth are also expected to be discussed during the visit.

South Africa

But political problems in South Africa threaten to cast a shadow over the ceremonial pomp and splendour of the state visit.

Ramaphosa is at risk of impeachment for allegedly covering up a crime, accused of concealing a multi-million-dollar cash theft.

He faces an accusation that he failed to report a heist at his luxury cattle farmhouse in which robbers took four million dollars in cash, and instead organised for the robbers to be kidnapped and bribed into silence.

African National Congress

He has faced calls to resign and the deeply divided ruling African National Congress (ANC) is due to hold a vote on its leadership in December.

The president has acknowledged a burglary but denies kidnapping and bribery, saying he reported the break-in to the police.

South African

South African lawmakers will discuss next month the findings of a special panel tasked with establishing whether Ramaphosa should face impeachment.

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