The Queen held audiences at Buckingham Palace.
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It's the return of an old friend on the brooch front, while this particular audience (one of a few held today) points toward what's to come...
The Queen poses above with Great Britain's Ambassador to China, Barbara Woodward. The Chinese state visit is next week, and some new details are out today:
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will participate in the welcome ceremony on October 20th and host the Chinese president and wife for tea at Clarence House, The Duke of Cambridge will visit the President at Buckingham Palace on the 20th, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join the President and his wife at an event at Lancaster House on the 21st.
The state banquet will be held on the 20th. Buckingham Palace didn't confirm whether The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be in attendance; they usually don't confirm who will be there in advance, but it apparently has been confirmed that Prince Charles will not be at the banquet. Of course, the Cambridge's assumed attendance continues to be widely reported. Here's a good rundown of the announced events.
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