Kate and William set for karaoke rendition as date 'put in the diary'

The Royal Family met President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee​

The Royal Family met President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee

George Bunn

By George Bunn

Published: 22/11/2023

- 13:06

It comes as the King and Queen are hosting South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee

Princess Kate has joked that she wants to set up a karaoke date with the President of South Korea.

She said that her, alongside her husband Prince William, should get a date in the diary for a future state visit.

It comes as dignitaries from South Korea made the first incoming state visit to the UK since the King's coronation.

When the parties were talking about Queen Elizabeth’s first visit to South Korea in 1999, the Prince said: "I’ll put it in the diary".

Kate chipped in: "And karaoke!"

Carriage down The Mall

There was a procession down The Mall


After greeting the President and the First Lady at their London hotel yesterday morning, the pair travelled to Horse Guards Parade ceremonial welcome.

Following the event, they travelled to Buckingham Palace to view a special exhibition of South Korean related items from the Royal Collection in the Picture Gallery.

Kate wore a striking £3,000 caped red coat by Catherine Walker and a matching hat by Jane Taylor.

She also sported a pair of Princess Diana's sapphire and diamond oval drop earrings, complementing the look with a pair of Gianvito Rossi red shoes.

Queen Camilla

Queen Camilla took part in the state visit


Camilla wore a blue dress and coat by Anna Valentine, hat with loose feathers by Philip Treacy and a sapphire and diamond brooch which belonged to Queen Mary.

Weeks of preparation had gone into the official ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade with more than 1,000 soldiers and 230 horses gathered for the occasion.

In all seven military bands and nine military units were involved.

As part of Yoon's visit, the UK and South Korea are to launch talks on a new trade deal and sign a diplomatic accord.

The royal family looked at the artefacts with Choo Kyungho, Korea's Deputy Prime Minister and Park Jin, the Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs


The UK visit coincides with the 140th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the UK and Korea, as well as the 70th anniversary of the armistice of the Korean war.

The King showed the President the first evidence of diplomatic relations a letter sent from King Gojong to Queen Victoria to mark a treaty of friendship and commerce 1883.

It is believe to be the first time diplomatic relations were officially formalised between the two countries.

King Charles also proudly showed off photos of the Gwanghuamun Gate, in Seoul, which as Prince of Wales he helped conserve and restore.

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