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King Charles’s Private Secretary, Sir Clive Alderton, was strategically seated subsequent to Labour chief Sir Keir Starmer throughout tonight’s State Banquet at Buckingham Palace. It was held in honour of the visiting Emperor and Empress of Japan.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was seated subsequent to British pc scientist, Dame Wendy Hall. Sir Clive is the principal personal secretary to the King and Queen, and the previous diplomat is the couple’s most vital aide.

According to polls, Mr Starmer has a robust probability of turning into the following prime minister, forward of the General Election on July 4. They have persistently put the politician’s Labour Party effectively forward of their Conservative rivals.

This week’s Japanese three-day state go to is the primary time in residing reminiscence a international head of state has toured the UK because the nation ready to go to the polls.

In 2017, a Spanish state go to by King Felipe VI was rapidly rescheduled – after an settlement between the late Queen and King Felipe – as a result of the date clashed with a snap election within the UK.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman mentioned this week’s programme had been “slightly adapted”, including: “As a general principle, it has of course been adapted as a result of the current pre-election period of sensitivity.”

Charles tonight praised the shut bond between the UK and Japan in a speech through the lavish banquet, telling Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako their “shared values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law” have been extra vital than ever.

He additionally spoke about his personal private reference to Japan and its head of state, telling the banquet company how they each shared a ardour for mountaineering and had frolicked collectively on the opera and fly fishing.

Among the royal company on the banquet have been the Prince of Wales and Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh, however lacking was the Princess Royal who spent a second evening in hospital after struggling minor head accidents and concussion after she was reportedly kicked by a horse on her Gatcombe Park property on Sunday.

The Princess of Wales, who’s present process most cancers therapy, was additionally absent from the glittering occasion.

The banquet menu featured poached Scottish langoustines, a baked fillet of Cornish turbot and an ice-cream bomb with peach sorbet.