Queen Elizabeth II has celebrated what she called the “global partnership” between Britain and China during a speech at a state banquet to mark the Chinese president’s visit.
Buckingham Palace officials on Tuesday had released the menu for the grand event, which includes more than 170 guests for a sit-down meal in a palace ballroom.
The Chinese national anthem played as the guests, assembled at Buckingham Palace’s lavishly decorated ballroom, rose for a toast to Xi Jinping and his wife.
Prince William’s wife Kate, wearing a sequined red gown and a diamond tiara, sat next to Xi at the head table.
Earlier, Xi met with Britain’s new opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who raised China’s human rights record and the impact of its exports on the British steel industry in private talks.
Report by Associated Press.