William & Catherine make State Banquet debut for Chinese visit

This evening, William and Catherine made their debut at a State Banquet for the Chinese President.

Mr Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were the evening’s guests of honour for the dinner held at Buckingham Palace by The Queen. State Visits are undertaken help enhance relations, in this case, Anglo-Chinese.

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for a State Banquet for the President of China at Buckingham Palace. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for a State Banquet for the President of China at Buckingham Palace. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

The Chinese couple are also the guests of The Queen, staying at Buckingham Palace for the duration of their visit.

Take a look at the preparations beforehand in The Crown Chronicles’ live blog.

William at the Banquet. Via Telegraph/PA live feed

William at the Banquet. Via Telegraph/PA live feed

For The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this is their first State Banquet. Prince William was likely asked to attend due to his highly successful visit to China earlier in the year, having met with the President back in March, also meeting with him at Buckingham Palace earlier this afternoon.

Catherine chose a red sequin-embellished Jenny Packham dress, the colour a nod to China, and the Lotus tiara, another nod to the guests of honour, for whom the Lotus flower is a popular symbol in their culture. The tiara belonged to The Queen Mother, and was also regularly seen on Princess Margaret.

Despite speculation, the Duchess was not awarded the family order – a personal gift from The Queen to family members for their service.

The Duke of Kent, Duke of York, Earl of Wessex, Duchess of Gloucester, Princess Alexandra also attended, sitting near the top table.

Picture via BBC News live feed

Picture via BBC News live feed

The Queen, dazzling in sapphires, delivered a speech highlighting the increased friendship between the UK and China, as well as referencing Prince William’s visit there in March. She called it a ‘defining moment’ in the countries’ relationship.

President Xi then made his speech, with guests given a translation so they could follow. The National Anthem was performed by the orchestra for the guests to sing to, then toast was then made The menu included turbot, and Balmoral venison, with a chocolate, mango and lime dessert. 

The menu for tonight’s State Banquet, which includes Venison from Balmoral and West Coast Turbot #ChinaStateVisit pic.twitter.com/iTxBo18AAR

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Mr. DeLia,please! Wed 21 October, 2015 - 6:47 am

Really fantastic! God save the Queen!

Irene Squib Thu 22 October, 2015 - 7:09 pm

What is it going to take to get Catherine the Family Order?

Chloe Howard Thu 22 October, 2015 - 8:01 pm

Hi Irene

I think Catherine will get the order when she steps up duties a little more, and I think the banquet was a sign of things to come. The Queen and Duke are much older, and it won’t be long before Charles and Camilla are 70, so I think we will slowly see William and his wife step up in the next few years – the I expect Kate to get it.

Al-Shiref Al-Sheikh Dr Raad Al-Anbaky Sun 01 November, 2015 - 8:33 pm

Thank You For October


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