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Michael1992 02-16-2010 02:32 PM

State Visit from the President of South Africa: March 3-5, 2010
Announcement of a State Visit from South Africa

At the invitation of The Queen, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, will pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from Wednesday, 3rd March to Friday, 5th March 2010. The President will stay at Buckingham Palace, with his wife, Mrs Thobeka Madiba Zuma.

The Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, toured South Africa with The King and Queen from February to May 1947. It was her first official overseas visit. The tour included Southern Rhodesia and Bechuanaland. The Princess celebrated her 21st Birthday during the tour and broadcast to the Commonwealth.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to South Africa from 19th to 25th March 1995, as the guests of President Nelson Mandela.

The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to South Africa from 9th to 15th November 1999, as the guests of President Thabo Mbeki. This visit included the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Durban.

President Mandela paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 9th to 12th July 1996.

President and Mrs Mbeki paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 12th to 15th June 2001.

During his 90th birthday visit to London, Mr Nelson Mandela, OM and Mrs. Graca Machel were received by The Queen in Buckingham Palace, on 25th June 2008.

Announcement of a State Visit from South Africa

Princejohnny25 02-16-2010 03:54 PM

Only two days long? Is that normal?

Iluvbertie 02-16-2010 04:09 PM

For 'State Visits' two or three days is fairly normal.
For extended tours of the country no - they would be there for longer.

muriel 02-17-2010 04:54 AM

The format of State visits to the UK is fairly standard, and usually extends to 2.5 days. It includes, amongst other things, a ceremonial welcome at BP, the state dinner, a visit to No 10, tea at Clarence House, reception at the Guildhall, and a send off from BP.

wbenson 02-27-2010 11:31 PM

Queen to give President Jacob Zuma 'history lesson' tour of private exhibition - Telegraph

President Jacob Zuma is to be given a fascinating "history lesson" this week when the Queen shows him a special, private exhibition of memorabilia revealing Britain's ties to South Africa.

Scores of gifts, photographs, letters, speeches and other artefacts – previewed exclusively by The Sunday Telegraph – will be on eight tables in the first-floor Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace, where the President of South Africa and one of his three wives are staying as guests of the Queen and Prince Philip.

Jacob Zuma prepares for tea at Buckingham Palace - Telegraph

For even the most well-travelled heads of state, an invitation from the Queen to stay poses any number of dilemmas over etiquette and dress.

But for the flamboyant President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, this week's official visit to Buckingham Palace has brought an unusual predicament: which of his three wives to take.

wbenson 03-01-2010 11:58 AM

Jacob Zuma to stay with the Queen during visit to Britain | Mail Online

South African president Jacob Zuma will stay with the Queen this week during an official visit to Britain in the wake of a sex scandal which has shaken his premiership.

Nico 03-02-2010 06:47 AM

Let's get the party started ...

Princejohnny25 03-02-2010 02:07 PM

Who is that greeting them at the airport?

Iluvbertie 03-02-2010 02:42 PM


Originally Posted by Nico (Post 1056096)
Let's get the party started ...

I tried your links and none of them work.

Nico 03-02-2010 03:00 PM


Strange it works fo me... maybe if you try to refresh the page ?

According to the British monarchy website, it was the the Viscount Brookeborough, Lord-in-Waiting, who welcomed the presidential couple on behalf of the Queen.

Latest News and Diary

On a side note, it seems that the tradition of a return banquet is now gone ...

Princejohnny25 03-02-2010 03:08 PM

When the link opens, refresh the page and it should work.

I have been wondering about Return Banquets. Usually the visiting country holds a banquet as well the next day correct? Can someone elaborate some more?

Nico 03-02-2010 06:15 PM

The DM is already there too ...

Jacob Zuma arrives in Britain with his latest wife as he prepares to stay with the Queen | Mail Online

Here we are ...

Arrival of HM

Welcoming the guest

The POW and the DOC were there too

A very nice video from BBC news :

BBC News - Queen welcomes South African President Jacob Zuma

Lumutqueen 03-03-2010 09:01 AM

Jacob Zuma brands British 'imperialists' before meeting the Queen | Mail Online

look at the distance between Gordon Brown and the queen, in the hand shaking picture. :lol:

Nico 03-03-2010 12:24 PM

More from today :

State carriage procession

Arrival at Buck House

Display of some South Africa related items from the royal collection in the picture gallery

Meeting with Prince Edward

Visit to Westminster Abbey

Visit to Oliver Tambo's house

Video from Sky news of the arrival this afternoon :

The Queen Welcomes South African President Jacob Zuma To Britain For Three-Day State Visit | UK News | Sky News

Nico 03-03-2010 05:14 PM

State banquet tonight :

Video from BCC news :

Princejohnny25 03-03-2010 06:22 PM

Is this a normal seating arrangment for Banquets held at BP? Im loving the throne in the background!

Nico 03-03-2010 06:24 PM


Is this a normal seating arrangment for Banquets held at BP?
Absolutely ! ;)

Andrew 24 03-03-2010 07:03 PM

Any gala pictures of Princess Michael of Kent???

Princejohnny25 03-03-2010 11:12 PM

Polygamy row clouds British welcome for South Africa's Zuma

The article has a nice photo of the Duchess, President, and Queen. I love the colour of the emeralds, they're so deep matched with the dark green dress.

sophie25 03-04-2010 04:26 AM

Princess Michael was there but it's rare to get good pics of those attending banquets which is always frustrating IMO. The Court Circular says Prince Edward attended alone which was a pity as we might have got a pic of Sophie in her regalia as a GCVO.

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