This Strictly Come Dancing star surprises fans by attending King Charles' State banquet at Buckingham Palace

King Charles III invited a star from the hit BBC One dance show to Buckingham Palace.

King Charles III and Camilla Queen Consort at State banquet as drop in image on State banquet hall
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Strictly Come Dancing star Johannes Radebe surprised fans when he revealed he was a guest at King Charles III's State banquet.

King Charles III invited Strictly Come Dancing star Johannes Radebe to join him and others at the State banquet held to welcome the South African President.

The lavish dinner saw 160 guests and members of the Royal Family including the Prince and Princess of Wales plus the Earl and Countess of Wessex join King Charles III and Camilla, Queen Consort for their first State banquet as the new Monarchs.

Camilla turned heads as she honoured the late Queen Elizabeth II with 'gorgeous' sentimental jewels as she and Charles welcomed South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

The glittering white-tie banquet was held in Buckingham Palace and among the surprise guests was Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Johannes Radebe, who is competing in this year's show with Ellie Taylor.

But the Ballroom and Latin professional dancer took time out from rehearsals ahead of this weekend's show to enjoy the rare experience and he couldn't resist sharing some videos and photographs from the glitzy evening.

He captioned the images, "A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before the great. 👑"

One of the images shows the dancer dressed the nines in a crisp tuxedo, while a second photo featured his invitation from the palace, which read in part, "The Lord Chamberlain has received His Majesty's command to invite Mr. Johannes Radebe to a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace."

He later shared a clip of the view from his car outside the palace showing the lights lit on the royal residence.

And both Strictly co-stars and fans were delighted with his surprise invitation.

Strictly's It Takes Two presenter Janette Manrara put, "Royalty knows royalty 👑"

Oti Mabuse commented, "Love the so much for you ❤️"

While one fan put, "You are amazing & so deserve to go. You will look very smart in your black suit & white dickie bow tie. Have a fabulous evening. Xxx 😘💙🖤👏👏👍"

It comes after it was reported that the royals were in discussions to host Strictly from the ballroom at Buckingham Palace.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)