Royals King Charles Wraps First State Visit of His Reign with Goodbye to South African President After a glittering state banquet at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, King Charles met with President Cyril Ramaphosa for a formal farewell By Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit Stephanie Petit is a Royals Writer/Reporter at PEOPLE. She has been with the brand since 2016 after graduating from The College of New Jersey and holding previous positions at Seventeen, CBS Radio and more. Follow the proud dog mom on Twitter at @stephpetit_ for the latest on Queen Elizabeth's corgis. People Editorial Guidelines Published on November 23, 2022 12:42 PM Share Tweet Pin Email King Charles III's first state visit as monarch is coming to an end. On Wednesday, the King welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to Buckingham Palace for a formal farewell on the final day of his visit to the U.K. The state visit marked the first time the British royals have hosted one since 2019, when then-U.S. President Donald Trump visited the U.K. It also marked the first state visit of King Charles' reign, after he became monarch immediately upon Queen Elizabeth's death on Sept. 8. (A royal source previously confirmed that the visit was in the royal family's diary before Queen Elizabeth's death.) Following the formal farewell, President Ramaphosa will attend a banquet at the Guildhall given by the Lord Mayor and City of London Corporation along with the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. At the conclusion of the state visit, the Lord Chamberlain will bid farewell to President Ramaphosa on behalf of the King. King Charles in Charge! All the Best Photos from the Monarch's First State Visit King Charles and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa. Chris Jackson/Getty On Tuesday, Kate Middleton and Prince William welcomed President Ramaphosa at the Corinthia Hotel on behalf of King Charles, then accompanied him to Horse Guards Parade, where the president received a ceremonial welcome. The president and the royals then rode in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace. King Charles and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa. Chris Jackson/Getty That evening, a state banquet was held at Buckingham Palace, complete with tiaras for the royal women, including Kate Middleton and Queen Camilla. Both King Charles and President Ramaphosa both gave speeches. For more on the Royals, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. The King began his speech by greeting guests in different African languages, including a warm "Ndaa," or "hello," in Venda, which the president speaks, segueing into the shared history between the nations. AARON CHOWN/POOL/AFP via Getty "South Africa, like the Commonwealth, has always been a part of my life. My mother often recalled her visit in 1947, the year before I was born, when, from Cape Town on her 21st birthday, she pledged her life to the service of the people of the Commonwealth," Charles said, referencing the famous radio broadcast she made in 1947 before she became monarch. "It is therefore particularly moving and special that you are our guest on this, the first State Visit we have hosted," he continued. I Find the Best Deals on Amazon for a Living — Here Are 7 Holiday Gifts I'm Shopping Before Black Friday Aaron Chown - Pool/Getty Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Sign up for our free Royals newsletter to get the latest updates on Kate Middleton, Meghan Markle and more! Earlier on Wednesday, President Ramaphosa was accompanied by Prince Edward during a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. There, they saw some of the South African plants growing at Kew Gardens including the national flower, the King Protea. They also went to the Francis Crick Institute, a biomedical research center that works across academia, medicine and industry to understand the biology behind health and disease. President Ramaphosa and Prince Edward viewed technology used across Africa to diagnose infections, including COVID-19, before meeting South African scientists and students.