The king welcomed South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa at the momentous affair at Buckingham palace.
The menu, which is traditionally written in French, included Windsor pheasant, brill and £75 (A$134) port.
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Other bottles of wine at the table included a $107 Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2016, an English sparkling wine that goes at $107 a bottle, a $137 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, a Morgeot, Clos de la Chapelle, a $109 Domaine Duc de Magenta 2014 , and a $98 Château Rieussec 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes 2007.
Side dishes served alongside the dinner included a selection of Chantenay carrots, kale with roasted butternut squash, braised fondant potatoes and salad.
And for dessert, guests enjoyed an iced vanilla parfait with caramelized apples or coffee and sweets were the options for dessert.
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Besides the decadent food served, all eyes were on the Princess of Wales and the Queen Consort who donned the late Queen’s jewels on the momentous occasion.
The Princess of Wales opted for a long-time favourite, wearing the Lover’s Knot tiara again for the event inside Buckingham Palace, whilst Camilla, Queen Consort donned the King George VI Victorian suite crown.
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This is the first state banquet to be held since 2019 when Queen Elizabeth hosted the US President at the time, Donald Trump.
At Trump’s state banquet, the menu consisted of a tranche of steamed fillet of halibut with watercress mousse, asparagus spears, and chervil sauce for starter.
As for the menu being written in French, this tradition boils down to the Norman conquests of the 11th Century, where for a short period of time, French became the official language of the Court.
“If the Queen hosts a dinner at Buckingham Palace, the menu is normally in French”, King Charles’ former butler Grant Harrold clarified, telling The Huffington Post.
“When she and the Duke hosted dinner following the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales, it was done in their style, with the menus in French.”
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