The President of the Republic of Korea, Her Excellency Park Geun-hye, has accepted an invitation from Her Majesty The Queen to pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom in autumn, 2013.
The President will stay with Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace for the state visit. The last state visit the UK hosted was that of the United Arab Emirates President at the end of April when Her Majesty welcomed His Highness to Windsor Castle for a 2-day visit.
More details about the state visit will be released as the time gets closer.
On State Visits, The Queen always likes to really roll out the red carpet for guests as she says, these traditions and the fine items used for state occasions would otherwise not be used.
A state banquet is held on the first night of the visit for the visiting guest, their entourage and also people who are affiliated with the visiting country’s representatives are also invited.
A carriage ride from the meeting place at Horseguards’ Parade where the guard of honour is formed up for the guest to Buckingham Palace is traditional. Other members of the Royal Family often attend these occasions.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to the Republic of Korea at the invitation of President Kim Dae-jung in 1999.
The President of the Republic of Korea has visited the UK before on a state visit (a different President). In 2004, Mr Roh Moo-hyun paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom.