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.

China's President Xi Jinping, right, and his wife Peng Liyuan, centre left, accompany Britain's Queen Elizabeth Prince Philip as they arrive for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, on the first full day of his state visit, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP)
China’s President Xi Jinping, right, and his wife Peng Liyuan, centre left, accompany Britain’s Queen Elizabeth Prince Philip as they arrive for a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London, on the first full day of his state visit, Tuesday Oct. 20, 2015. (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II hosts state banquet for President

Queen Elizabeth II hosts state banquet for President

Queen Elizabeth II hosts state banquet for President
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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.

Queen Elizabeth II speech at the state banquet

Queen Elizabeth II speech at the state banquet

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at Buckingham Palace for a banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth. 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. Queen Elizabeth II 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.
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President Xi speech at the state banquet

President Xi speech at the state banquet

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived at Buckingham Palace for a banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth. 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. Queen Elizabeth II 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.
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Report by Associated Press.