Lady Samantha Cameron wears Cefinn dress to State Banquet
Lady Samantha Cameron makes her first appearance since husband David’s lordship in £390 dress from her own brand Cefinn as she attends State Banquet at Buckingham Palace
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Lady Samantha Cameron looked effortlessly stylish as she attended a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace with her husband David last night.
The mother, 52, wore a green patterned dress from her own brand Cefinn for the event, which formally welcomed the President and First Lady of South Korea to the UK.
The businesswoman’s £390 ‘Aurelie’ midi dress featured a ruffled hem and sheer floaty cap sleeves.
Bringing out the embellishment in the dress, Samantha paired it with some gold hoop earrings.
The businesswoman completed her ensemble with a white box-shaped clutch and suede black heels.
Pictured: Lady Samantha Cameron arrives at the state banquet at Buckingham Palace last night with Blythe Dowden, the wife of Deputy Prime Minister Oliver
Letting her statement dress take centre stage, Samantha opted for a subtle makeup look – consisting of a bronze smokey eye and nude lip.
Meanwhile, Lord David Cameron – who officially took his seat in the house of Lords this week – looked dapper in a black tuxedo and white bow tie.
The foreign secretary – who made a surprise return to Number 10 earlier this month – arrived at the event with Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden and his wife Blythe, who dazzled in a floor-length navy gown.
Last night’s outing marked the first time Lord and Lady Cameron have appeared in public together since being given their new titles.
The 57-year-old led the country in the Coalition government from 2010 to 2015 and then for another year as head of a Tory majority government.
But after leading the Remain campaign to defeat, instead of what he thought would be a comfortable victory, he swiftly quit No 10 – and then Parliament – in humiliation.
His return to the Cabinet as Foreign Secretary as Lord Cameron was a left-field move in Rishi Sunak’s reshuffle this month.
The couple were joined by senior members of the Royal Family for the banquet last night – including King Charles and Queen Camilla, the Prince and Princess of Wales, the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh and Princess Anne and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence.
The businesswoman’s £390 ‘Aurelie’ midi dress featured a ruffled hem and sheer floaty cap sleeves
Lord David Cameron – who officially took his seat in the house of Lords this week – looked dapper in a black tuxedo and white bow tie
Last night’s outing marked the first time Lord and Lady Cameron have appeared in public together since being given their new titles
The state banquet in honour of the South Korean state visit saw the palace ballroom transformed with towering red, purple and blue seasonal blooms.
The cut crystal glasses on the top table had the cypher of Queen Elizabeth taken off them and King’s Charles’ added, as had much of the china.
The menu included: Warm Tartlet of Soft Poached Egg and Spinach Puree; Breast of Windsor Pheasant with Croquette of Celeriac and Calvados Sauce; Salad; and Mango Ice Cream Bombe.
Wines included an English Camel Valley Special Reserve 2015; Montrachet 1er Cru Macharelles; Domaine François Carillon 2014; Château Mouton-Rothschild 1er Cru, Pauillac 1989; Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey; Sauternes 2001; Fonseca 1985.
Queen Camilla, King Charles III, President of South Korea Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife Kim Keon Hee at the State Banquet at Buckingham Palace, London
The beaming Princess of Wales pictured with Prince William and the Duchess of Edinburgh by her side
The Princess Royal enjoyed a chat with Bang Moonkyu as both made their way to the State Banquet last night. Pictured right, Princess Anne’s husband Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence
A general view of the very lavish State Banquet hosted this evening at Buckingham Palace
At the start of the banquet the King gave a speech littered with Korean and references to K-pop culture in front of an audience which included members of the world’s ‘biggest girl band’.
Speaking to more than 300 state banquet attendees, including singers BLACKPINK, he welcomed them with a smattering of Korean: ‘Yeong-gug-e osin geos-eul hwan-yeonghabnida [Welcome to Britain].’
Marking the 140th anniversary of Korea’s diplomatic relationship with the UK, the king described it as a ‘partnership in which close personal connections, fostered over many decades, have blossomed today into a real sense of affection, or jeong, between our societies at so many levels’.
And he even joked about his own visit to the country in 1992 with the late Princess Diana, saying: ‘Sadly, when I was in Seoul all those years ago, I am not sure I developed much of what might be called the Gangnam Style!’
The King highlighted the ‘remarkable journey’ Korea has taken into span of his lifetime, saying: ‘Koreans have created a miracle.
‘Even at the time of my last visit, that journey was clearly just beginning. The Republic of Korea’s drive and energy continued apace, and with it, the impact on British lives. From fridges and flatscreens to smartphones and semiconductors, it is clear that the model of industrial efficiency I glimpsed in Seoul thirty years ago has become the epitome of technological creativity today. ‘
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