Have you ever wondered what happens at a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace? And, other than the Head of State, who else is likely to be invited? I have. So, I was thrilled to see one of the latest video’s on the YouTube ‘The Royal Channel‘, which explains just that very subject.
What happens at a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, it seems, is actually relatively easy to explain although, more than likely, extremely complicated for the staff at Buckingham Palace to prepare for.
A State Banquet is given by Queen Elizabeth for every Head of State that visits the United Kingdom. There is a reception beforehand, and then the Royal procession, which includes the Head of State, walks into the ballroom where the banquet is held.
The guests, who have already been seated, then stand while the British national anthem is played and the Royal procession walks to their seats. The Lord Chamberlain and the Lord Steward head the procession.
Before the banquet begins, Queen Elizabeth gives a speech welcoming the Head of State to the United Kingdom and Buckingham Palace and proposes their health. The Head of State also makes a speech in reply.
For more about what happens at a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, watch the video below. The State Banquet that is showcased was held in honour of President Obama and his wife, Michelle.