King Charles beams as he holds a luncheon at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III beams as he chats to Sir David Attenborough during a luncheon for Members of the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace

  •  King Charles III held a luncheon for Members of the Order of Merit on Thursday
  •  The monarch, 74, met with broadcaster Sir David Attenborough and others 
  •  He greeted his esteemed guests during the lunch at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III held a luncheon for Members of the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace, on Thursday. 

The monarch, 74, met with broadcaster Sir David Attenborough painter and designer Mr David Hockney as well as other esteemed guests during the lunch at his royal residence in London.

Charles paired his smart navy suit with a dusky pink tie, with a white diamond pattern, and matching pocket square.

King Charles III held a luncheon for Members of the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace, on Thursday and was joined by broadcaster Sir David Attenborough (left) 

The monarch, 74, met with Sir David Attenborough painter and designer Mr David Hockney as well as other esteemed guests during the lunch at his royal residence in London

He donned a red and blue enamel badge and in the centre are the words ‘For Merit’ in gold and are surrounded by a laurel wreath.  

The royal appeared to be in great spirits as he worked the room and people and made sure he chatted to everyone. 

The Order of Merit was founded by Edward VII on 23 June 1902 to reward those who had provided ‘exceptionally meritorious service towards the advancement of Arts, Learning, Literature, and Science.’ 

Since 1991, when a member dies the badge must be returned to the King, who then gives it to a new member.

King Charles chatted with Mr David Hockney during a luncheon for Members of the Order of Merit

Charles paired his smart navy suit with a dusky pink tie, with a white diamond pattern, and matching pocket square

King Charles spoke with Sir David Attenborough (left) during the luncheon and the pair exchanged a few laughs

Charles donned a red and blue enamel badge and in the centre are the words ‘For Merit’ in gold and are surrounded by a laurel wreath

(back row, left to right) Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, Professor Margaret Macmillan, Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, the Rt Hon Lord Darzi of Debham, Sir David Adjaye, Baroness Benjamin, Sir Paul Nurse and the Rt Hon Lord Janvrin, and (front row, left to right) Mr David Hockney, the Rt Hon Jean Chretien, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Tom Stoppard, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, King Charles III, Professor Sir Roger Penrose, Lord Rothschild, the Rev and Rt Hon Lord Eames, Lord Rees of Ludlow and Mr Neil MacGregor, pose for a group photo at a luncheon for the Members of the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace

The royal appeared to be in great spirits as he worked the room and people and made sure he chatted to everyone

The Order of Merit is limited to only 24 living members at any one time and is often referred to as the ‘most exclusive club in the world.’

The current members are King Charles, Dr Venki Ramakrishnan, Professor Margaret Macmillan, Professor Dame Elizabeth Anionwu, Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, the Rt Hon Lord Darzi of Debham, Sir David Adjaye, Baroness Benjamin, Sir Paul Nurse, the Rt Hon Lord Janvrin, Mr David Hockney, the Rt Hon Jean Chretien, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, Sir David Attenborough, Sir Tom Stoppard, Lord Foster of Thames Bank, Professor Sir Roger Penrose, Lord Rothschild, the Rev and Rt Hon Lord Eames, Lord Rees of Ludlow and Mr Neil MacGregor.

The members all posed for a group photograph inside Buckingham Palace this afternoon with the king. 

King Charles talked to Mr David Hockney who is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer

The king also spoke to Professor Magdi Yacoub who is is an Egyptian retired professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Imperial College London

The king made sure to chat to all members during the luncheon in Buckingham Palace today

Later in the evening Charles was presented with a statue of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during an audience with the Governor of South Australia, Frances Adamson at Buckingham Palace

Charles spoke to the Governor of South Australia Frances Adamson, Mr Rod Bunten, Former Agent General of South Australia Mr Bill Muirhead, serving agent General of South Australia the Right Hon David Ridgway and Mr Peter Flavel at Buckingham Palace

The bronze maquette of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was presented to King Charles today 

King Charles held an audience with the Governor of South Australia, Frances Adamson and partner Mr Rod Bunten at Buckingham Palace

Later in the evening Charles was presented with a statue of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during an audience with the Governor of South Australia, Frances Adamson at Buckingham Palace.

The Order of Merit luncheon comes after a historic evening which saw him host his first state dinner as Monarch, King Charles on Tuesday.   

King Charles treated South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, whose state visit to the UK was in the planning before the Queen’s death, to a fine menu of stuffed Windsor pheasant and grilled brill with wild mushrooms.  

Mr Ramaphosa was greeted by more than 1,000 soldiers, 230 horses, seven military bands and two state coaches earlier today – before being an honoured guest at the State Banquet held by the King, Queen Consort and other members of the Royal Family.

Charles and Professor Sir Roger Penrose spoke to each other during the members photo call 

The event offered a lavish menu of two mains: grilled brill with wild mushrooms, truffles and sorrel sauce or ballotine of Windsor Pheasant filled with artichokes, quince compote and port sauce.

It is a departure from the banquets of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who often favoured Balmoral venison or lamb from one of the other royal estates when hosting foreign dignitaries.  

The sides included a selection of assorted Chantenay carrots, kale with roasted butternut squash, braised fondant potatoes and salad. Iced Vanilla Parfait with Caramelised Apples or coffee and bite-sized confectionery were the options for dessert.

There are wines on offer to accompany the luxurious food, including a Château Feytit-Clinet, Pomerol 2000 that tastes of ‘melted liquorish, cherries and earth’, plus £75 Taylor’s Vintage Port 1983.

Others include Ridgeview Blanc de Blancs 2016, an English sparkling wine that goes at £60 a bottle, a £77 Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru, a Morgeot, Clos de la Chapelle, Domaine Duc de Magenta 2014 which goes for £61 and Château Rieussec 1er Grand Cru Classé Sauternes 2007 which is £55.

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