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.
The Princess of Wales, 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.
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.
To add a further glitz to the look, Kate sported a pair of sapphire and diamond oval drop earrings.
The royal wore a coat dress during her Christmas Carol concert at Westminster Abbey in 2021. She wore a black version of the same dress to Prince Philip’s funeral.
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 Princess of Wales looked stunning in the Catherine Walker coat
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 shoes are also a firm favourite of Kate’s – with her owning the heels in at least six colours.
The King and Queen officially welcomed the president of South Korea to the UK today.
This evening they will stage a glittering state banquet in his honour at Buckingham Palace.
Charles and Camilla are hosting Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee 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 Tuesday morning.
William and Kate will travel with Mr Yoon and Mrs Kim to the ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade in central London, where the King and Queen will be waiting.
A guard of honour, formed by F Company Scots Guards, will give a royal salute amid traditional pomp and pageantry and the King and Mr Yoon will inspect the troops on the parade ground.
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.
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.
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.