Announcement of a State Visit from South Africa
Published 01 February 2010
At the invitation of The Queen, His Excellency Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, will pay a State Visit to the United Kingdom from Wednesday, 3rd March to Friday, 5th March 2010. The President will stay at Buckingham Palace, with his wife, Mrs Tobeka Madiba Zuma.
The Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, toured South Africa with The King and Queen from February to May 1947. It was her first official overseas visit. The tour included Southern Rhodesia and Bechuanaland. The Princess celebrated her 21st Birthday during the tour and broadcast to the Commonwealth.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to South Africa from 19th to 25th March 1995, as the guests of President Nelson Mandela.
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh paid a State Visit to South Africa from 9th to 15th November 1999, as the guests of President Thabo Mbeki. This visit included the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Durban.
President Mandela paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 9th to 12th July 1996.
President and Mrs Mbeki paid a State Visit to the United Kingdom from 12th to 15th June 2001.
During his 90th birthday visit to London, Mr Nelson Mandela, OM and Mrs. Graca Machel were received by The Queen in Buckingham Palace, on 25th June 2008.
Maori gathering at Rehua Marae, Christchurch, New Zealand, 25 February 2002
New Zealand is working to improve and strengthen all the various relationships between Maori and the Crown.
State dinner in Wellington, New Zealand, 25 February 2002
It is both a privilege and a pleasure to have served as Queen of New Zealand for these fifty years.
Jamaican Parliament, 19 February 2002
The Commonwealth remains one of the strongest pillars for the building of world-wide peace, growth and development.
Christmas Broadcast 2001
For Christmas marks a moment to pause, to reflect and believe in the possibilities of rebirth and renewal.
Christmas Broadcast 2000
By any measure this Millennium year has been an unforgettable one.
Christmas Broadcast 1999
This December we are looking back not just on one year, but on a hundred years and a thousand years.
Christmas Broadcast 1998
Though we each lead different lives, the experience of growing older, and the joys and emotions which it brings, are familiar to us all.
Christmas Broadcast 1996
I remember my own childhood Christmases here, with my father and mother, and a great family gathering, and now I delight in seeing my children and grandchildren enjoying the...
Christmas Broadcast 1995
But I cannot think of any Christmas of my reign when the message of the angels has been more apt.
Christmas Broadcast 1994
To see British and Russian veterans standing together, in memory of the sacrifices of their comrades-in-arms, was a moving experience.
Christmas Broadcast 1992
I first came here for Christmas as a grandchild. Nowadays, my grandchildren come here for the same family festival.
Christmas Broadcast 1991
I am constantly amazed by the generosity of donors and subscribers, great and small, who give so willingly and often towards the enjoyment of others.
Christmas Broadcast 1990
I hope that all of us lucky enough to be able to enjoy such gatherings this Christmas will take time to count our blessings.
Christmas Broadcast 1989
Unlike all the other planets in the solar system, earth shimmers green and blue in the sunlight and looks a very pleasant place to live.
Christmas Broadcast 1988
May the Christmas story encourage you, for it is a message of hope every year, not for a few, but for all.
Christmas Broadcast 1987
I hope we will all help each other to have a happy Christmas and, when the New Year comes, resolve to work for tolerance and understanding between all people.
Christmas Broadcast 1986
There are many serious and threatening problems in this country and in the world but they will never be solved until there is peace in our homes and love in our hearts.
Christmas Broadcast 1985
These success stories are often pushed into the background but they are the guarantee of our future.
Christmas Broadcast 1984
But friendship, whether we are talking of continents or next door neighbours, should not need strife as its forerunner.
Christmas Broadcast 1983
I hope that Christmas will remind us all that it is not how we communicate but what we communicate with each other that really matters.
Christmas Broadcast 1982
Throughout history, seamen all over the world have shared a common experience and there is a special sense of brotherhood between merchant and naval seamen, fishermen...
Christmas Broadcast 1981
All around us we see these acts of selflessness, people putting the life of someone else before their own.
Christmas Broadcast 1980
I come across examples of unselfish service in all walks of life and in many unexpected places.
Christmas Broadcast 1979
Today we celebrate the birth of the child who transformed history and gave us a great faith.
Christmas Broadcast 1978
My grandfather, King George V, started the tradition of the Christmas Day Broadcasts back in 1932.
Christmas Broadcast 1976
Remember that good spreads outwards and every little does help.
Christmas Broadcast 1973
I believe that Christmas should remind us that the qualities of the human spirit are more important than material gain.
Christmas Broadcast 1971
The Christmas message is really one for all seasons and not just for one day of the year.
Christmas Broadcast 1970
Never before has there been a group of independent nations linked in this way by their common history and continuing affection.
Christmas Broadcast 1969
In a short time the 1960s will be over but not out of our memories. Historians will record them as the decade in which men first reached out beyond our own planet and set foot...
Christmas Broadcast 1968
At times it is almost hidden by the merry making and tinsel, but the essential message of Christmas is still that we all belong to the great brotherhood of man.
Christmas Broadcast 1967
Let there be no doubt that Britain is faced with formidable problems, but let there also be no doubt she will overcome them.
Christmas Broadcast 1966
The devotion of nuns and nurses, the care of mothers and wives, the service of teachers, and the conviction of reformers are the real and enduring presents which women have...
Christmas Broadcast 1965
A new army is on the march which holds out the brightest hopes for all mankind.
Christmas Broadcast 1964
You young people are needed; there is a great task ahead of you - the building of a new world.
Christmas Broadcast 1963
We know the reward is peace on earth, goodwill toward men, but we cannot win it without determination and concerted effort.
Christmas Broadcast 1962
Year by year, our families change and grow up. So does our Commonwealth family.
Christmas Broadcast 1961
For that child was to show that there is nothing in heaven and earth that cannot be achieved by faith and by love and service to one's neighbour.