On November 21, 2023, The Princess of Wales stunned during the State Visit Of The South Korean President. The Prince and Princess of Wales started out their day by greeting the President of the Republic of Korea,Yoon Suk Yeol and the First Lady, at their hotel, on behalf of The King. Their Royal Highnesses then travelled with The President and the First Lady to Horse Guards Parade, where The President and the First Lady will received a Ceremonial Welcome. The pomp and circumstance included a royal salute and the Republic of Korea’s national anthem was played, The President, accompanied His Majesty, inspected the guard of honour, by F Company Scots Guards. From there, the President and First Lady joined senior royals in a carriage procession along The Mall to Buckingham Palace, where they were met by a second guard of honour by 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. Prince William serves as Royal Colonel of the Welsh Guards. The Prince and Princess joined the King and Queen for a private luncheon at Buckingham Palace where the President and First Lady were shown pieces from the Royal Collection with connections to the Republic of Korea.
Continuing with the festivities on the evening of November 21, 2023, The Princess of Wales attended a State Banquet for the South Korean President, His Excellency Yoon Suk Yeol, and his wife, Mrs Kim Keon Hee. The Princess debuted a new tiara, the Strathmore Rose tiara, which Elizabeth Bowes Lyon, the Queen Mother, previously owned. The tiara, a gift from Lord Strathmore to his daughter for her wedding in 1923, features a garland of roses mounted in silver and gold. The Princess also wore a custom Jenny Packham gown.
On November 24, 2023, The Princess of Wales visited Sebby’s Corner in Barnet to kickstart an initiative from The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood. The initiative aims to support families with young children in the run-up to Christmas. During her visit, The Princess learned about the crucial work baby banks do across the UK to get essential items to families in need. Baby banks provide a vital lifeline for families in all sorts of challenging circumstances, including those facing financial pressures. The Princess also met a mother who received support from the charity and the referral partner who made the referral. Families get referred by an extensive network of referral partners, which includes professionals such as midwives, health visitors, and teachers. Her Royal Highness joined volunteers and Shaping Us champion Giovanna Fletcher in putting the final touches to Sebby’s annual Christmas Grotto. The grotto provides a space where struggling families can choose gifts for their children. Finally, The Princess joined a conversation with representatives from Baby Banks across the UK to discuss the increasing demand for their services. The Centre for Early Childhood is encouraging members of the public to donate funds, products, and pre-loved items or to volunteer their time to support their local baby banks throughout December.