The Prince David visits Hampton Court Palace in London
At the invitation of Rear-Admiral Sir Frederick Donald Gosling, Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Missw Gabriella di Nora, His Royal Highness The Prince David accompanied by his entourage and The Right Honourable The Lord and Lady Lingfield, visited the historic Hampton Court Palace. At the gate, Sir Donald invited His Royal Highness to ride in a carriage with his retinue, to be able to view the splendid Palace grounds. His Royal Highness was also able to see the beautiful and moving gift that Sir Donald made to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in the Palace grounds.
Hampton Court Palace goes back to the Tudor period, and is a historic royal palace. Whilst no member of the royal family currently resides in the palace, it is mostly used as a home for a wide ranging collection of paintings from the Royal Collection.
It is also the site for many dinners hosted by members of the British Royal Family.
Rear-Admiral Sir Donald Gosling was presented by His Royal Highness The Prince David of Georgia with the letters-patent and the insignia creating him a Knight Grand Officer of the Royal Georgian Order of the Eagle of Georgia and the Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Sir Donald said he was delighted to have the opportunity to host His Royal Highness and was moved by the award received from the Prince. Prince David and his entourage were then hosted to Luncheon at the Royal Banqueting House on the Palace grounds. The Royal Banqueting House is used by members of the royal family to host guests to lunches and dinners from time to time. The group was then taken on an incredibly interesting tour of the palace and could see some of its valuable collection. Prince David was particularly struck by the Great Hall and its tapestry collection.