At a state banquet in honor of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, King Charles III. the late Queen's connection to the country. His mother received several South African heads of state, Charles said on Tuesday evening at Buckingham Palace.
Charles reported that former South African President Nelson Mandela once told him that he had given Queen Elizabeth II a special name - Motlalepula, which means "to come with rain". "I have been assured that this was a sign of the special affection President Mandela had for the Queen and not a comment on Britain's habit of taking our weather with us," said Charles. However, the king also addressed more serious issues with the difficult history of the two countries. Some sections triggered "deep suffering" and the "injustice" that shaped colonial history had to be acknowledged.
Earlier, Charles greeted the stunned Ramaphosa by saying "Welcome" in six different languages spoken in South Africa. Both wife Camilla and daughter-in-law Princess Kate paid tribute to the Queen at the reception, which was attended by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, among others. Both had pinned a miniature portrait of the Queen, who died in September, to their dresses and used her jewels: Camilla a tiara with diamonds and sapphires, Kate a pearl bracelet. The wife of heir to the throne Prince William also wore earrings from her mother-in-law Diana, who died in an accident in 1997.