Queen welcomes South African President Jacob Zuma

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh have formally greeted South African President Jacob Zuma at the start of his three-day state visit to the UK.

Jacob Zuma is accompanied by his third wife

Mr Zuma received a ceremonial welcome on Horse Guards Parade and reviewed a guard of honour with Prince Philip.

Mr Zuma and his wife, Thobeka Madiba Zuma, then joined a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace.

Gordon Brown missed Prime Minister’s Questions in the Commons to take part in the welcoming ceremony.

He will hold talks with Mr Zuma on Thursday when the continuing political turmoil in Zimbabwe is expected to be high on the agenda, along with climate change and the global economy.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss the football World Cup, which South Africa is hosting this summer and England hopes to host in 2018.

Mr Zuma – a polygamist who has married at least five times – is renowned for his charm and informality.

However, the president felt a public backlash recently after acknowledging he had fathered a child, his 20th, with the daughter of one of South Africa’s leading football officials.

Mr Zuma has previously faced corruption charges and has been acquitted of a rape charge.



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